Gareth Bale was expected to face his former club Tottenham Hotspur in two weeks’ time when Real Madrid hosted the North London outfit at the Bernabeu.
The two clubs will go head to head in the group phase of the Champions League, with both on six points apiece.
The build up would have been focused on Bale, but now injury looks set to rule him out of the match.
The Guardian reports that the 28-year-old is facing four weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury, which has forced him out of Wales’ two crucial World Cup qualifiers.
If Bale is unable to feature against Tottenham, where he spent six years of his career before moving to Madrid for £85m in 2013, then it will be a big boost to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Spurs were arguably handed the toughest group, but they have already overcome Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.
The Premier League club will be underdogs heading into the encounter, but without Bale, Madrid are weaker.
After the reports emerged, Tottenham gave their reactions on Twitter.
Hope Bale isn't out of our game against Madrid, would love to neither cheer or boo him just to show how irrelevant he is to Spurs these days
— Callum Sturt (@CallumSturt94) October 3, 2017
@Ben_Farmer16 scared of davies
— Ross (@RossiT99) October 3, 2017
Now all we need is ronaldo isco asensio modric kroos ramos marcelo carvajal ceballos and casemiro to get injured as well
— MR MIYAGI (@mrmiyagi996) October 3, 2017
Tbh Aurier on bale was a red waiting to happen.And trippier he’d have breezed past like a paper https://t.co/qLO9U39elo less worry for poch.
— TAS🔵⚪️ (@coys100) October 3, 2017
— Spurslife– (@SomeYoungMin) October 3, 2017
A shame, would have loved to have seen him again.
— Rob Bettles (@Rob_Bettles26) October 3, 2017
Glad, he hasn’t been very nice about us since he left so happy he won’t have an opportunity to play against us
— Nick Buckland (@Nick_Buckland) October 3, 2017
Mixed emotions on that one.
— Tottenham Grammar (@PhilYiddo) October 3, 2017
He don’t want to hurt us mate 😉
— Austin Nardone (@1Ratchet_rabbit) October 3, 2017