BREAKING NEWS: Real Madrid star Bale suffers groin strain

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Gareth Bale is facing up to a month on the sidelines after Real Madrid confirmed another injury setback for the Wales international.

Bale has been restricted to nine appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and last featured at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the end of September - limping out of the action during the closing stages after opening the scoring in a 3-1 win.

On that occasion, the 28-year-old suffered a calf injury that ruled him out of Wales' decisive World Cup qualification defeat to the Republic of Ireland last month.

Bale, who had his 2016-17 campaign disrupted by calf and ankle problems, was back in training with Zinedine Zidane's squad ahead of next weekend's derby at Atletico Madrid but a club statement confirmed he has strained an adductor muscle in his left leg.