Gareth Bale to miss Wales friendly with Spain and doubtful to face Republic of Ireland due to ‘muscle fatigue’, confirms Ryan Giggs

The Real Madrid forward was substituted in the 80th minute of Sunday's shock loss to Alaves

Liam Twomey
Wednesday 10 October 2018 12:38
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Gareth Bale will not play for Wales in Thursday’s friendly against Spain as he deals with “muscle fatigue”, coach Ryan Giggs has confirmed.

The 29-year-old was substituted in the 80th minute of Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat against Alaves in La Liga on Saturday, and sat out training with the rest of the Wales squad on Monday and Tuesday.

Giggs added that Bale is rated only “50/50” to make his Wales return in time to play against Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s crucial Uefa Nations League clash in Dublin.

"Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won't be involved against Spain," Giggs said. "We don't want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game."

Bale made an impressive start to the new season with five goals and three assists in his first seven appearances for Madrid, though he has failed to find the net in his last three La Liga games.

Bale has failed to find the net in his last three games for Madrid

He also played a starring role for Wales in their comprehensive 4-1 victory over Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium back in September, registering a goal and an assist.

Wales followed up that win by losing 2-0 against Denmark in Aarhus, leaving them second in Group 4 of the Uefa Nations League’s second tier after two matches.

A crowd of almost 50,000 tickets have been sold for the visit of Spain to the Principality Stadium, where the roof will be closed due to forecast rain.

Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen said of Bale: “He always can't wait to meet up with us and it's great to have your talisman here.

“Hopefully he's going to be all right and it goes without saying how important he is to us.”

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