Is the pitch at Bernabeu to be blamed for Gareth Bale's injuries?
A shocking reason has been identified as a possibility for Gareth Bale’s recurring injury problems. Real Madrid believe that the grass at the Santiago Bernabeu might be the main cause of the Welshman’s muscular problems this season.
Spanish outlet Sportyou reports from the Madrid camp that they have suspected the turf at the stadium to be the main cause. The turf has been modified in the summer. It is a new type of system which has been imported from Milan.
All of Bale’s injuries except for one have been at the home of the Los Blancos’, the latest of which forced him out of action from the Real Betis and Espanyol games.
The new blades of grass were bought in 23 parts which amount to a total area of 8,500 square metres.The new field is a hybrid one, first covered with a layer of artificial material, on top of which the grass is naturally grown.
This new turf has been made to help better drainage and also provide improved support to footballers. Unfortunately, for the 26-year-old it seems to be doing him more harm than good. There seems to be a compatibility issue between the new system and the winger’s muscular makeup.
The staff at Madrid are studying and analysing the relationship between his musculature, supports and the pain in his leg muscles.
Bale has been out for around a month and a half in total this season as a result of these niggling injuries. His most recent injury came in the 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon in La Liga. In that match, he scored his eleventh goal in eight games and was also heavily involved in all Madrid’s play while he was on the pitch
The most expensive player in the world has really hit form this season scoring freely as well as setting up several for his teammates. Madrid were without the forward for the match against Espanyol, whom they thrashed 6-0 with Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick. But they will be hoping he will be able to make his comeback soon as they gear up for the final leg of the season.