Football

Published: Wednesday April 23, 2014 MYT 8:07:09 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 23, 2014 MYT 8:08:32 AM

Real's Bale a doubt for Bayern game with illness - reports

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after winning the King's Cup final soccer match against Barcelona at Mestalla stadium in Valencia April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after winning the King's Cup final soccer match against Barcelona at Mestalla stadium in Valencia April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid winger could miss Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich due to illness, Spanish media reported on Tuesday.

Bale, who has been suffering from flu, trained with the rest of the squad earlier on Tuesday but had not been able to join up with them later at their hotel, the reports said.

Real medical staff had recommended he remain at home to avoid infecting his team mates, they added.

After a season disrupted by a series of minor injuries, Wales international Bale has come into form in recent months and scored a brilliant winning goal against Barcelona in last week's King's Cup final.

Real are chasing a record-extending 10th European crown, while holders Bayern are bidding to become the first team to retain the Champions League title.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Ken Ferris)

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