The Portugal worldwide has demanded that Zidane doesn't bring Bale into his starting XI for Real's next game against Atletico Madrid.
'He's having a hard time'.
The new injury will increase speculation that he could be sold by Real Madrid, who could use his fee to reinvest in new recruits.
Indeed, including Bale's bumper salary, AS believe his 159 games for the club have cost Madrid 1.06 million euros a match.
However, for many in Madrid, those moments have been far too fleeting for the club's record purchase.
The 28-year-old, who has been restricted to just nine appearances in all competitions this season, was in line to return ahead of next week's La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid until confirmation of a strained adductor muscle in his left leg.
"Protected by the hierarchy since he arrived as part of the non-negotiable BBC, he hasn't made himself important", AS added in their analysis.
The Wales global has sustained another injury setback and is expected to be out for close to a month.