Gareth Bale's extensive list of injuries at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has suffered another injury setback
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Gareth Bale has suffered another injury setback Credit AFP

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has suffered another setback after straining his groin while recovering from a calf injury - but just how injury-prone is the Welshman?

A return to England appears to be the most suitable option for Bale with three of the Premier League's top six eager to claim his signature. One Manchester United player Mourinho is considerably more keen to keep hold of is Ander Herrera and the Portuguese has ordered the United hierarchy to trigger a 12-month extension in the midfielder's contract to prevent him leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Bale was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer but received a vote of confidence from Real boss Zinedine Zidane.

Neymar isn't the only big name on the Real Madrid radar, with Lyon's Nabil Fekir also being touted as a more realistic target.

"Some players change their schedule as they get older", said Coleman. The Old Trafford giants remain focused on attracting elite-level players to Manchester, but they will have to think long and hard about a bid for the Real kingpin.

Bale is expected to be sidelined until next year and could miss several key fixtures, including the upcoming Clasico against rivals Barcelona on December 23. Zaha has improved his consistency over the last two seasons, but the question would be whether he is able to step up to the demands of a side attempting to get back into the Champions League, rather than one where he is regarded as by far their best player.

Chelsea are another club who have also shown interest in recent years, and Mauricio Pochettino has made no attempts to hide his admiration for the three-time Champions League winner. Meanwhile in Italy, Roma, Napoli and Juventus are all falling over themselves in the rush to sign out of favour United defender Matteo Darmian. Herrera can talk to foreign clubs in January and Atlético Madrid are understood to be making doe-eyes in his general direction. Still in the market for a new full-back following the departure of Dani Alves to PSG, Juventus will try to prise Héctor Bellerin away from Arsenal.

Manchester City have entered the race for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

According to Fernando Rodrigo of Diario Gol (h/t the Daily Star's Alex Wood), Cristiano Ronaldo wants compatriot Goncalo Guedes to arrive from Paris Saint-Germain as Bale's replacement, with the 20-year-old currently on loan at Valencia.

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