Bale took 'a lot of painkillers' to play through injury

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has revealed he had to take a “lot of painkillers” to be able to play last season and admits he should not have been so hasty in trying to come back from injury.

Bale has been plagued by fitness problems during his four years in Spain and underwent an ankle operation last November which sidelined him for three months.

Then, 10 games into his return to action, he suffered a calf tear during a match against Barcelona in April that kept him out for another six weeks,

The Wales international declared himself fit in the week ahead