Boost for Tottenham as Real Madrid star ruled out for a month

Arnold Nichols
October 4, 2017

The 28-year-old has made 61 consecutive appearances and his success brings to an end Gareth Bale's domination of the award.

Bale, who will also miss next week's Group D tie with the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, withdrew from the visit to Tblisi after being diagnosed with a calf problem.

Wales can turn to Ben Woodburn to fill the role left by Gareth Bale's injury, according to Dave Edwards.

The forward had been a major doubt after missing Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Espanyol due to the calf muscle strain he suffered against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last Tuesday.

His absence could mean a first worldwide start for Woodburn, whose goal off the bench against Austria in September catapulted him onto the big stage.

Lawrence started the last two World Cup qualifiers alongside Bale, last month's victories against Austria and Moldova.


Bale is the most high-profile player in the Welsh side and the country's hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation are still hanging in the balance.

Two wins in the matches on Friday, away to Georgia, and next Monday, at home to Ireland, are likely to guarantee them at least a place in next month's play-offs for a place in Russian Federation.

"But I think I've gained the manager's trust and hopefully I've repaid him with performances and there is more to come".

Two wins from their remaining two games would be good enough for Wales to secure a spot in the playoffs.

The news comes as a massive blow, especially with the World Cup on the line next year, with Chris Coleman's side ideally needing to win both games in order to qualify.

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