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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Real dismiss Gareth Bale injury report

Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado believes the pressure is on Gareth Bale to perform following his world record move to the Bernabeu

Real Madrid have insisted there is no truth to Marca’s claim that Gareth Bale is suffering with a slipped disc.

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The newspaper had reported that an MRI scan on Sept. 2 -- the day Bale was presented as a Madrid player following his move from Tottenham -- had revealed the Wales international was suffering “a slipped disc on the L5 -S1 vertebrae and a bulge on the L4 -L5”.

There was also said to be a possibility that Bale would require surgery.

However, Madrid have made an announcement on the club’s official website to insist the report is “completely false”.

The club statement read: “In response to the information that the newspaper Marca has published today regarding the player Gareth Bale, Real Madrid would like to state the following:

“1. The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a bulge on two others, is completely false.

“2. The player does not have a slipped disc, as the club's medical services stated clearly to the newspaper before the information was published. Surprisingly, the version the doctors offered this media outlet on Thursday 10 October has been omitted.

“3. The player Gareth Bale has a small chronic disc bulge, which is extremely common among football players and by no means prevents him from carrying out his professional activity normally.”

Bale is currently undergoing a “mini preseason” in a bid to get him up to speed after suffering problems prior to his switch to the Bernabeu.

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