Owing to the stress from the Euro 2016 championship, Wales and Real Madrid star and the most expensive footballer in the world, Gareth Bale is struggling to be fit for the first major UEFA event of the season, the Super Cup, the Spanish sports newspaper, Marca, reports.

Bale was an integral part of the record breaking Welsh team that reached the semifinals of the Euro championship for the first time in France, scoring three goals, assisting one and putting up committed performances throughout the tournament.

The tournament now seems to be taking its toll on him ahead of the new season as he is now struggling to be fit for Madrid’s Super Cup fixture against Sevilla in Norway on Tuesday, August 9 at the Lerkendal Stadion.

Instead of resting at his much deserved holiday on the back of a successful season with Madrid and equally successful Euro Championship with Wales, Bale is using his holiday in Marbella, southern Spain to work out, Marca reports.

His Madrid teammates are in the U.S. for the preseason International Champions Cup while he is holding his own mini pre-season instead of holidaying.

Marca stated that Bale’s “daily routine involves aerobic work on the bike to tone the legs and increase lung capacity along with working in the gym and doing plyometrics or jump exercises to improve speed and power.

“It also includes at least 10 hours’ sleep a day and one of his favourite pastimes – golf.”

His daily routine is in line with new Madrid fitness coach Antonio Pintus who has highlighted the importance of exercises which improves endurance, strength and running technique while reducing the risk of injuries.

Bale is one of three Madrid players – Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe – who were given a month’s break before returning for training at Ciudad Real Madrid in Valdebebas, Spain on August 5.

Though Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane will have the final say about whether or not Bale will feature for Madrid in Norway, logically the No. 11 should be able to feature for between 45 minutes and 60 minutes without any problem given the level of personal work he’s been putting into his fitness.

Author: Yemi Olarinre