Spanish newspaper Marca have claimed that an MRI taken on September 2nd revealed that Gareth Bale was suffering from a slipped disc in his back. The newspaper also reported that the former Tottenham Hotspur player might require surgery to correct the problem. However Real Madrid have denied the report publishing an announcement on their official website stating it to be completely false. The world-record signing who came over to Real at the start of the season does not have a slipped disc but rather a “small chronic disc bulge.” The club states that such a bulge is common among football players and does not prevent Bale from playing.