Real Madrid midfielder Isco admitted team-mate Gareth Bale is struggling after suffering his latest injury setback.
The Welsh star had only returned to first-team training last week after recovering form a calf injury he sustained during their 3-1 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.
But Bale’s injury woes have worsened and he now faces spending the rest of 2017 on the treatment table after tearing his adductor muscle during a training session on Thursday.
Isco admitted Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale is having a hard time after latest injury
The 28-year-old, who has been restricted to just nine appearances in all competitions this season, was in line to return to Madrid’s line-up ahead of next week’s La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid until picking up the injury.
‘Gareth has been injured for a long time,’ Madrid ace Isco said before Spain’s international friendly against Costa Rica on Saturday.
‘He’s having a hard time.’
Bale has not featured for the Spanish and European champions since the injury he picked up at Dortmund towards the end of September.
His latest setback means he could miss some key fixtures including the El Classico derby against Barcelona on December 23.