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Gareth Bale suffers thigh strain, will miss at least one match

Real Madrid CF v Getafe CF - La Liga

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Gareth Bale (R) of Real Madrid speaks with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and members of the backroom staff before leaving the field after becoming injured moments before the start of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe at Bernabeu stadium on September 22, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Bale did not take to the field for the beginning of the match due to injury. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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After a visit to Sanitas Hospital in the La Moraleja suburb of Madrid, Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wednesday’s match at Elche CF, Real Madrid announced Monday.

Bale was a last-minute scratch from Madrid’s lineup before a 4-1 win over Getafe. He pulled up after taking a shot in the warm-up and was examined on the pitch by medical staff (pictured) before being taken out of the starting 11. Isco replaced Bale and scored in the 59th minute.

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Bale’s absence against newly promoted Segunda División champion Elche might not pose much of a problem, but he would likely be missed on Saturday against Atlético Madrid. The derby has top-three implications as the table currently stands, as Atlético and FC Barcelona are tied at the top with 15 points, and Real sits in third place with 13 points.

Atlético and Barça are the only perfect teams remaining in the league, having won each of their five matches. Both play on Tuesday at home, against Osasuna and Real Sociedad, respectively.

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