Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales' final World Cup qualifiers

Arnold Nichols
October 4, 2017

Serbia are favourites to win the group, as they lead Wales by four points.

Madrid host Tottenham at the Bernabeu on October 17 - a match Bale now looks certain to miss - while his return to North London was due to come on November 1.

And he has been told he has no chance of recovering in time to face either Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday or Ireland in Cardiff on Monday.

However, that being said, Bale has mustered up two goals and one assist in the five La Liga games he has played in for Real Madrid this season.

Despite Bale's absence, Bradshaw could well be kept out of the starting line-up by Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn.

However, despite missing the game last Sunday, Bale showed up at Wales' training camp the next morning, according to The Guardian.

The 17-year-old came off the bench to score the victor against Austria last month.

However, despite Zidane's claims that he believed Bale would be fit for Wales' qualification double-header, that injury has forced him from the Wales squad.

Bale was ruled out following talks between the Football Association of Wales and his club, Real Madrid, after the results of a scan on his injured calf were released.

Only the group winners are guaranteed a place at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

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

"I wouldn't say I can replace him, I'm a different kind of player to Gareth", Lawrence said.

"These two massive games are up there with the biggest that we have had and hopefully we can do it".

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