Giggs offers advice to injured Bale

Team of the Week – Matchday 12

Former Wales captain Ryan Giggs thinks compatriot Gareth Bale should be adopting a different approach after his recent injury struggles.

Bale's impact at Real Madrid has been severely hampered by a series of injuries in recent seasons, the latest a calf problem he sustained in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last week.

Los Blancos revealed on Wednesday that the Welsh winger had only suffered swelling after scans showed no tear to the muscle, although the injury was serious enough to rule him out for important World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.

Giggs managed to play until the age of 40 by making changes to the way he did things, both on and off the pitch, and he believes that Bale will benefit from doing the same.

"When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure, especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players," the Manchester United icon told Sky Sports.

"With the injuries he has had and at the stage of his career, this is when you need to start addressing it.  When you get to your late 20s it hits home that you need to start making changes.

"Everyone is different and I tried to cover every base with yoga, acupuncture, ice baths, but what might work for some players might not for others.

"You also have to adapt your game. You can't play in your late 20s like you did when you were 19, but that experience means your brain is quicker and you can be more economical yet more effective.

"I was definitely more effective in games in my late 20s even if I wasn't as quick."