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Bale ruled out until 2017

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will miss next week’s El Clasico against Barcelona after being ruled out up to three months with an ankle injury.

Bale sustained the injury during Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Scans have shown that Bale has damaged the peroneal tendon in his right ankle and will be out for two to three months.

Bale signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal at the club at the end of October, and Real are unable to sign players in the next transfer window…