With the latest fibrillar rupture on Friday, Gareth Bale has now suffered 24 injuries since he signed for Real Madrid in June 2013.
All in all, it’s been a recurring nightmare for the Welshman.
It should be noted that most of the injuries have been muscular and caused without prior contact.
However, the worst was undoubtedly the ankle injury that forced him into the operating room last season and ruined his entire championship.
Because of that dislocation, he lost 17 games in 2016/17, the worst of his career.
In addition to that, another 10 matches were missed due to muscular problems.
In 2015/16, Bale missed 19 games, all due to muscle problems; in 13/14, another 15 matches.
During the current campaign, he’s not taken part in nine games to this point and in total has missed 79 official games for the club.
As for the most vulnerable areas, the soleus, the left thigh and the calf are his achilles heel.
The big games
The less frequent ones have been an inguinal distension (one match out), flu (two games), a break in the right side (five matches), a blow to the thumb (one match), and a break in the adductor muscle.
Last season Bale was a substitute in the Cardiff final and missed the final game of the League season.
He was a stellar performer in the other two Champions League finals and also the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, however, everything indicates that he will not reach the next important event, the Club World Cup, which he also couldn’t play last year due to injury.