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Gareth Bale will be absent for Real Madrid's home game against Rayo Vallecano this evening after suffering yet another injury.
In the shock 3-0 humbling inflicted by CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu in midweek, the club's biggest home defeat in Europe, Bale came on at half-time - and though he was able to see out the game - he was in some discomfort with his ankle.
It's been described as "an ongoing problem" for the Welshman and his latest injury issue will sideline him for the visit of Vallecano.
Remarkably, it's the 18th different injury Bale has had to deal with since making his then-world record transfer from Tottenham in 2013.
:flag_es:' A piece of news from Spain - Gareth #Bale is injured again and will miss the match :vs: Rayo Vallecano due to the ankle injury.- SofaScore:globe_with_meridians: (@SofaScoreINT) December 15, 2018
This is his 18th injury since coming to Real Madrid.
Bad luck?#RealMadridRayo #LaLiga
Gareth Bale will miss Real's match vs. Vallecano today with an ankle injury.- Coral (@Coral) December 15, 2018
It's his 18th injury since joining Real Madrid :flushed: pic.twitter.com/kqpl9d5aIH
His injury record is largely made up of muscular based injuries to the calf, hamstring and adductors and according to Transfer Markt, has missed a total of 64 games in his six years with Los Blancos.
He's still won four Champions Leagues and is closing in on 100 goals for the club but the 29-year old really has been hampered by injuries - and it's hard to put it down to bad luck because of the regularity.
Earlier this month, it emerged that Wales manager Ryan Giggs instructed his star player to only drive one car in an attempt to reduce muscle injuries.
He also requested he had a custom seat designed for his body's alignment.
According to The Times, "Giggs advised Bale to use one car and make sure the seat, its height and specification are set up properly for his body."
As someone who suffered recurring hamstring issues early on his career before taking up yoga and playing at the top level till he was 40, Giggs feels constantly changing cars and using different clutch pedals could be putting stress on the hamstring muscle.