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Wales' last group game against Belgium will be without Gareth Bale
Wales’ last group game against Belgium will be without Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale will not play in Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Tuesday, and he may not play at all.

After a two-month layoff due to a hamstring injury, Bale won his 100th cap in Saturday’s 5-1 triumph against Belarus, although he was replaced after 45 minutes.

Wales captain Gareth Bale trained separately from the rest of the team on Monday.

 

Manager Robert Page: “He was never going to start against Belgium.

“We knew that coming into camp. The plan was always for him to get a half in the first game and then come on and maybe have an impact in the second game.”

 
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On Bale’s recovery following the Belarus game, Page said: “He is going to be stiff. He has not played for a couple of months and to throw him in was a big ask from a physical point of view.

“He’ll recover on his own (on Monday) and we’ll leave it to the last minute to see if he can play minutes. He is getting there, slowly but surely. We will get him back to full fitness.

“It’s frustrating for him. He made a tremendous effort to get fit for the game and he takes credit for that.”

Regarding Bale’s recovery following the Belarus game, Page said: “He is going to be stiff. He has not played for a couple of months and to throw him in was a big ask from a physical point of view.

“He’ll recover on his own (on Monday) and we’ll leave it to the last minute to see if he can play minutes. He is getting there, slowly but surely. We will get him back to full fitness.

“It’s frustrating for him. He made a tremendous effort to get fit for the game and he takes credit for that.”
Wales’ efforts in the Nations League have earned them a spot in the World Cup play-offs in March. n the other hand, needs at least a point against Belgium to finish second in the group and secure a home semi-final tie, ahead of Czech Republic.