Cristiano Ronaldo was sliced extremely close to his left eye by a defender's boot while he was scoring in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo connection could be crucial to the side salvaging some silverware from what has been a disappointing season by their standards.
Messi has games which even by his own lofty standards are hugely impressive and, unfortunately for Real Betis, they ran into him at his best on Sunday.
Bale appreciated the change from jeers to cheers at Santiago Bernabeu and said that it would have been nice to stay back on the team to score a hat-trick.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combined to devastating effect to score twice each and complete the rout.
Ronaldo examined his bloodied face on the mobile phone of a Real Madrid doctor while walking off the pitch towards the end of Sunday's 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
Costa was taken off in the second half of Atletico's 1-1 draw at home to Girona on Saturday, which further dented their slim chances of chasing down runaway Liga leaders Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool for a club record 142 million pounds ($196 million) on January 6.
Girona have caused problems for the top teams all season and equalised in the 73rd minute which means Barcelona could have a 11-point lead by the end of the weekend.
Vincenzo Montella earned his first win in La Liga at the third attempt as his side secured an impressive 3-0 victory at Espanyol.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, signed his last deal with Real Madrid in November 2016 until June 2021 but there is reported to be another contract to bring him at par with Lionel Messi and Neymar
With three goals in his first 14 games, Luis Suarez was in his worst form for Barcelona, one of the few struggling in Ernesto Valverde's flying side.
Real Madrid are 19 points behind unbeaten leaders Barcelona at the halfway point of the season, fourth in the table and without a hope of defending their league title.
Arda Turan joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($41.46 million) plus add ons in July 2015
Malaga's struggles in the Spanish league continued with a 1-0 loss at Getafe on Friday, extending the team's losing streak to four matches.
Spanish prosecutors have accused the Real Madrid midfielder of defrauding tax authorities of 870,728 euros (about $1 million) in 2013 and 2014.
Coutinho has previously played in Spain at Espanyol after being sent out on loan from Serie A club Inter Milan, which signed him as a teenager from Brazilian club Vasco da Gama.
Coutinho, who will sign his five-year contract with Barcelona and be officially presented to the media on Monday, is the third most expensive transfer ever.
Last time Real Madrid were 16 points behind the Liga leaders was during Jose Mourinho's tension-filled final campaign in 2012-13, when they finished 15 points adrift of Barcelona.
Real Madrid stay fourth in the standings on 32 points while Barcelona have 48 although they have played one game more.
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho signed a £142 million deal to join La Liga toppers Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid are second on 39 points, six behind leaders Barcelona who host Levante. Valencia are third with 37 while Real Madrid, who visit Celta Vigo and have another game in hand, are fourth on 31.
Leaving the pitch to celebrate with the fans automatically incurs a booking and as Costa had already been shown a yellow card, the referee had no choice but to send him off.
Marcelino's car skidded off a road in northern Spain and down a hillside after colliding with the animal as he was returning from Valencia.
Ousmane Dembele, who had a surgery in Finland, returned to training in December and received his medical discharge on Tuesday.
Diego Costa helped Atletico Madrid win the 2013 Copa del Rey before topping that the following season with the Spanish league title.
Diego Costa was presented by Atletico Madrid on Sunday along with fellow winter reinforcement Victor ``Vitolo'' Machin.
Vincenzo Montella is succeeding Eduardo Berizzo at Sevilla, which is fifth in la Liga and in last 16 of the Champions League, where it will face Manchester United.
Thierry Henry said that the talk of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane getting sacked sounds 'comical' to him.
Paulinho is a big reason why Barcelona have quickly turned the page after Neymar left them in the lurch to open up a commanding lead in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane braced himself for a chorus of criticism for his team selection after their humiliating 3-0 defeat at home by Barcelona.
Barcelona thrash Real Madrid 3-0 in El Clasico and extend their lead to 14 points over their rivals.
Real Madrid were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona in the first Clasico of the league season courtesy goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal.
Real Madrid are currently trailing 11 points behind table-toppers Barcelona and will look to win the Clasico to close the gap.
Sevilla are without a win in their last four games in all competitions and lost 3-1 at Real Sociedad on Wednesday to stay fifth in the Liga standings on 29 points.
Espanyol's decisive counterattack was started by substitute Pablo Piatti, who dribbled through Atletico's midfield in a move that finally succeeded in opening up passing lanes for Granero to reach Garcia in the area.