Gareth Bale risks being sold by Real Madrid if his injury problems persist, John Toshack believes.

The Wales international is currently in his fifth season at the Santiago Bernabeu following his big money move from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013, but much of his time in Spain has been disrupted by numerous fitness issues.

Currently nursing a swollen left leg – which caused him to miss the Dragons’ World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland – means it’s now the 18th different injury the 28-year-old has suffered with Los Blancos and Toshack believes Bale can’t afford many more.

“His injuries are probably hindering him now,” the former Madrid boss 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 per cent 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.”

A winner of three Champions League’s, one La Liga title and one Copa Del Rey, Bale has experienced many triumphs in Spain, although his lack of appearances across the past year has not only seen his place in the XI come under threat but he wasn’t nominated for the 2017 Fifa Ballon d’Or award.

In five La Liga appearances for the defending champions so far this season, Bale has netted twice – including a stunning effort in the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad last month – and registered one assist from 12 chances created.

Gareth Bale has an 83% average pass accuracy for Real Madrid in La Liga this season.