Real Madrid have confirmed Gareth Bale will undergo tests on his thigh on Wednesday after being ruled out of their game with Copenhagen.

The world’s most expensive player was not included in Real’s 21-man squad for the UEFA Champions League game at the Bernabeu. And the problem is the same one which ruled Bale out of the recent La Liga games against Getafe and Elche, although he was able to play 45 minutes against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

A statement on Real’s official website read: “Gareth Bale has not trained with the group due to muscular problems in his left thigh. “The diagnosis is dependent upon tests which will be carried out on Wednesday.”

Real were beaten at home in the Madrid derby, and boss Carlo Ancelotti is demanding a response from his players on Wednesday.

He said: “I’m less happy after the game against Atletico because it wasn’t good, losing a derby is never a good thing.

“We need to react quickly, both in terms of our performance and results. I have confidence in the players that they will respond well. It is a question of spirit and attitude.”


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