Welsh superstar Gareth Bale is expected to miss Real Madrid‘s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Wednesday because of a gluteal strain which he sustained while on international duty last week as Wales beat Cyprus 2-1. The 25-year-old is also a doubt for next weekend’s El Clasico having being restricted to a role on the bench in Real’s 5-0 win over Levante in La Liga this past weekend.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed Bale’s niggling injury after his side’s win over Levante as he said, “Bale had a problem in his glute and wasn’t comfortable so we decided to not risk him for this game and we will evaluate it over next few days. It was down to precaution and not rotation.”

“We now have a few days to evaluate the situation with Bale, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and all those who missed out in this game.”

“I think we are arriving well into this week despite having a difficult game to prepare here. We played with concentration and it all went well.”                  

“Now we have time to for the players to recover and then we will start thinking about the game on Wednesday.”

The world’s most expensive player arrived in the Spanish capital last summer and helped his side win the Champions League as well as the Copa del Rey besides scoring 15 goals in the La Liga and claiming 12 assists.

The group stage match with Liverpool was Bale’s first chance to return to England following his move last year and Isco stands a chance of getting the nod after a brilliant display against Levante.