Real Madrid deny Bale slipped disc reports

Stories emerging from Spain on Saturday had suggested that Bale - who became the world's most expensive player when he joined Real from Tottenham in a reported £85million deal in September - could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a problem with his L5-S1 vertebrae. 

However, the club have refuted those claims, insisting that Bale is merely suffering from a more common "small chronic disc bulge". 

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