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Bale not in action for Wales in World Cup qualifiers through injury

Tue 28 September 2021 | 13:12

Wales are getting ready for their two World Cup qualifiers next month but Gareth Bale is going to miss the battles against the Czech Republic and Estonia.

Gareth Bale

is struggling with a "significant hamstring tear", according to Wales boss

Rob Page

, and he is going to miss next month’s two World Cup qualifiers.

The Wales international has been out of action for both club and country since suffering the injury in a training session with

Real Madrid

a few weeks ago.

Carlo Ancelotti revealed that the 32-year-old’s return is uncertain and he hoped he will return for Wales’ trips to the Czech Republic and Estonia.

However, Bale was not part of Page’s squad on Tuesday.

"

Hamstring injuries are graded from one to four and this is a four. It's a significant hamstring tear,"

Page said at a news conference.

"This camp has come too soon for him. He's not going to be involved. We've been in contact with him and our medical department to see how it's developing.

"Originally, it might have even progressed into November's camp but thankfully he's recovering better than anticipated.

"We're pretty certain he'll be OK [for November]."

Bale appeared in Madrid’s first three games of the 2021-22 season and played in all three clashes for Wales last month, netting a hat-trick during their 3-2 victory at Belarus.

Wales are sitting third in Group E after four games.

"

He's been first class for Wales over the years, so of course it's a blow for myself and the supporters,"

Page said.

"But it does give others a chance.

"We can't cry about it. Gareth showed his worth in the last camp and he was at another level.

"We've got new players coming through, and an abundance of players who can fill the position he plays. There aren't many Gareth Bales in the world but others will have a chance."

Aaron Ramsey

, the Juventus midfielder, is in action for Wales after withdrawing from the last squad due to an injury. He has played in four Serie A games this season but missed some crucial games for Wales.

"

We're confident he'll be with us,"

Page said.

"I understand the fans' frustration because they want the best players turning up. He can put a shift in and did a full pre-season with Juventus.

"Players like him are prone to picking up injuries. He's managing his body better now and I think we're seeing the best of it.

"He's become more robust and shown over the summer he's more capable of playing games. His training will be adapted but we expect him to play both games."


source: SportMob

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