MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale says speculation concerning his health following his record 100 million euros transfer to Real Madrid has been "blown out of proportion massively."
Bale went on late to help Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 on Saturday, making his fourth appearance in eight possible matches after recovering from his second leg injury since his blockbuster move this summer.
"It's nice to get over the little injury I had," Bale said. "It's been difficult getting back obviously after not having a preseason. It's great to get back on the pitch, get a few minutes under my belt, and make a good impact."
The Wales winger went on with 15 minutes to play and earned a questionable penalty after a brush with Malaga defender Weligton. Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot kick in injury time to double the lead established by Angel Di Maria.
Bale's most recent absence due to a sore left hamstring led to sports daily Marca publishing that he had a back hernia that could require surgery. Madrid responded that this was false, instead saying that Bale had a "disc bulge" that wouldn't affect his ability to play.
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