Record-breaking star could be forced to go under the knife.
The world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale has a slipped disc hernia in his back, an injury that could require surgery in the future, reports Madrid-based Spanish daily Marca.
Real Madrid reportedly detected the injury, which is not causing the Welshman any discomfort at present, on September 2nd, the day of his unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez was informed of the injury but it was too late go back on the £85.4m deal.
Bale, 24, is currently not in any pain and has never been troubled by his back before but the injury could flare up at any time and require the forward to go under the knife.
A similar injury kept Real striker Gonzalo Higuain out for four months of last season.
Bale has been plagued by injures after joining the La Liga giants from Tottenham in late August.
The winger missed his home league debut against Getafe after picking up a muscle strain in the warm-up.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has blamed Bale’s lack of pre-season at Tottenham for his injury woes.