12162017

Bale out of Wales’ crucial World Cup qualifiers

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’ crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland with a calf strain.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane had played down concerns about Bale’s fitness, saying he rested him for Sunday’s win over Espanyol as a precaution.

Bale joined the Wales squad on Monday and, despite sitting out training, it had been hoped he would be fit.

But the 28-year-old’s injury means he will not travel to Georgia.

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