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Published: 12:33 | 12/10/17

Navas set to miss Tottenham game


Keylor Navas could miss Real Madrid's Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October with a groin injury.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Navas sustained the injury during the World Cup qualifier 1-1 draw with Honduras on Saturday which booked his country's place at Russia 2018.

The 30-year-old will defintely miss Saturday's La Liga game against Getafe, and is unlikely to recover in time for Tuesday's Champions League Group H game at the Bernabeu, which is live on eir Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm] 

The European champions will also be without right-back Dani Carvajal and midfielder Mateo Kovacic for the visit of the North Londoners.

Carvajal is suffering from pericarditis, a viral infection that affects the membrane around the heart, and is expected to be out for at least two months, so Achraf Hakimi is expected to start against Tottenham.

Former Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, who missed Wales' World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland with a calf injury, is also a doubt for the game against his former club.

The 28-year-old, who joined Real in 2013 for a then world-record fee of £88.5m, has suffered 18 injuries during his four years in Spain, forcing him to miss 66 matches.

And former Wales and Real Madrid boss John Toshack says his former club may soon tire of Bale's injury problems.

"His injuries are probably hindering him now," Toshack told El Larguero.

"He has missed so many matches and despite Madrid winning so many matches and trophies, it must be hugely frustrating.

"Should he move to another club? Only people at Madrid will know about this but the demands at the Bernabeu are very, very high.

"If you are less than 100 percent physically fit, it becomes even harder.

"He is now 28 and 11 years after making his debut with me at 17, these should be the best years of his life.

"The entire BBC [Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo] now has problems and for various reasons, such as others now coming through, I’m unsure we'll see much more of them together from now on."

You can watch all of Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign on the eir Sport package. The European champions face Apoel, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in Group H. Their next match against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham on Tuesday, 17 October is live on eir Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm] 

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