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Bale out - Wales without Madrid man for final two qualifiers

Bale out - Wales without Madrid man for final two qualifiers”

Wales will have to come to terms with the news that their star man Gareth Bale will miss their World Cup qualifying games against Georgia and Republic of Ireland through injury.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane reported last weekend that Bale was suffering from "muscle fatigue", but added it was "nothing important".

The 28-year-old has scored 26 goals in his 68 Wales appearances and played a huge role in their memorable run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals last summer.

'He could have played with us (against Espanyol) but I preferred to leave him out as he had a small complaint, ' Zidane said on Sunday.

Bale will now miss that game, along with Friday's trip to Georgia.

That means Wales realistically need to win both of their remaining two games, not only to stay above the Republic of Ireland in second place, but to have any chance of climbing the second place rankings or potentially even catch Serbia and qualify automatically.

Bale's absence could now see teenager Ben Woodburn make his first start for Wales after his stunning impact in helping Wales win their previous two qualifiers against Austria and Moldova.

After a sensational season in which he netted winners in the Copa del Rey and Champions League final victories, he began missing more and more games.

Wales are now second in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one point above Ireland.

Two wins are likely to guarantee them at least a place in next month's play-offs.



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