Reports in the Spanish press claim that during the operation to repair his damaged tendons it was discovered the extent of the problem was greater than first thought.
The Wales international, who suffered the injury during Real Madrid’s Champions League encounter with Sporting Lisbon last week, had initially been expected to be out for a maximum of three months.
However, the discoveries made during surgery could mean Bale is out until April, meaning he could miss as many as 25 matches for the European champions.
Antonio Conte took the opportunity to compliment a rare talent after Lionel Messi masterminded Barcelona's Champions League defeat of Chelsea.
Wigan boss Paul Cook is happy to be heading into their FA Cup quarter-final with Southampton on the back of a morale-boosting league win.
Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal side to put on the sort of displays that will have stay-away fans returning to the Emirates Stadium.
Michael Jacobs struck in stoppage time as Wigan got their League One promotion bid back on track with a 1-0 win at Bradford.
Lionel Messi punished error-prone Chelsea as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes Jack Wilshere would grace any league in world football.