Bale says concerns over health exaggerated

Gareth Bale says speculation concerning his health following his

record 100 million euros transfer to Real Madrid has been ”blown

out of proportion massively.”

Bale went on late to help Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 on Saturday,

making his fourth appearance in eight possible matches after

recovering from his second leg injury since his blockbuster move

this summer.

”It’s nice to get over the little injury I had,” Bale said.

”It’s been difficult getting back obviously after not having a

preseason. It’s great to get back on the pitch, get a few minutes

under my belt, and make a good impact.”

The Wales winger went on with 15 minutes to play and earned a

questionable penalty after a brush with Malaga defender Weligton.

Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot kick in injury time to double

the lead established by Angel Di Maria.

Bale’s most recent absence due to a sore left hamstring led to

sports daily Marca publishing that he had a back hernia that could

require surgery. Madrid responded that this was false, instead

saying that Bale had a ”disc bulge” that wouldn’t affect his

ability to play.

Bale didn’t mention his suddenly infamous back after Saturday’s

win.

”It was just a little thigh strain,” Bale said. ”I think the

fact that I haven’t had a lot of game time and preseason games or

training or running, you always pick up little niggles. I think

everything was blown out of proportion massively.”

Madrid’s drawn-out negotiations with Tottenham that lasted to

the end of the transfer window meant that Bale was kept from

training this summer with his new club.

”I have to take it one step at a time,” Bale said. ”I haven’t

had too much training or games. It’s all about building me up now.

Obviously, I will do what the manager says, but I need to introduce

myself and prepare myself right now for the rest of the

season.”

Madrid hosts Juventus on Wednesday in a highly anticipated

Champions League match with the Italian champion. Madrid then

travels to play at fierce rival Barcelona next weekend in what will

be Bale’s first clasico.