Bale Injury Blow For Wales

  • Bale Injury Blow For Wales

Bale Injury Blow For Wales

The Football Association of Wales said Bale's withdrawal was down to scan results on an injured calf, which was confirmed following talks with Real.

The entire 30-man Ireland squad are due to train this morning with O'Neill hopeful that James McCarthy, Harry Arter and David McGoldrick can shake off problems ahead of Friday's clash with Moldova.

The injury could not come at a much worse time for Bale for a number of reasons.

His fitness had been in doubt since limping out of last week's Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.

With Coleman expected to task Liverpool's Ben Woodburn with the job of replacing the Real Madrid forward, Brooks could emerge as the 47-year-old's first-choice option from the bench should Wales need to bolster their attack during a match which could decide whether they qualify for Russian Federation 2018.

"He's fine. After so many games at the start of the season and four months of injury, he was suffering after the game in Dortmund".

Wales need to top the group to secure an automatic place in Russian Federation but will go through to the playoffs if they finish second.

Assistant manager Roy Keane responded to the news by saying absent pair Seamus Coleman and Jonathan Walters "are as important to us as Bale is to Wales" and insisted "injuries are part of the game".

They're both must-win games and the tie with the Welsh in Cardiff was the more daunting prospect.

In the fans' vote, Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen won the award while 17-year-old Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn, who made his debut for Wales in September and scored against Austria, scooped the young player award.