March 18 2018

Bale to miss Wales's two World Cup qualifiers due to injury

March 18 2018, 05:10 | Geraldine Moore

Bale has to make changes – Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star's injuries

Bale has to make changes – Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star's injuries

This Friday, October 6, 2017 (9:00 AM Pacific) Georgia will host Wales at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena for a match in the UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Wales are second in World Cup Qualifying Group D heading into their final two matches.

Wales coach Chris Coleman gave an update on Gareth Bale's situation in this evening's press conference as his side prepare for tomorrow's meeting with Georgia.

However, due to a calf injury, the Real Madrid winger will be absent for both this game and Monday's game against Ireland.

He said: "I don't think you can describe that feeling". "It's not woe is me".

"Coleman has shown that he's fearless enough to change things when things aren't happening, and we now have the luxury of being able to bring people on who can impact the game".

The stakes could not be higher for Wales.

Chris Coleman's team are second in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one clear of Ireland in third.

"We are too good to do that".

He said: "We are in with a great shout and the pressure and spotlight is welcomed by me, I promise you".

"I love the sport, I love the fact that you can just get away from everything, be with your friends, and no one can come over to you on a golf course".

"The word I used after leaving it late in Moldova, when Hal Robson-Kanu scored his first goal since that special strike versus Belgium, was relief, more than satisfaction".

"A point may be OK, but we'll go for three points". That's not the case now.

Wales remained resilient throughout, though, and despite a number of nervy moments, namely one nearing the 80 minute when Ashley Williams and Wayne Hennessey had to combined to keep the ball out, the visitors survived. But Lawrence - like Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn against Austria last month - stepped up when Wales needed a hero.

The Welsh supporters are truly behind Allen, who was made the fans' player of the year at the FAW annual awards last week. "If you are on a yellow and need to take another, so be it. But it will be a great game and we welcome the challenge". "They are obviously three super-special players and we haven't always had them, but the lads who have come in have been absolutely magnificent".

It promises to be a tricky assignment.

After successive participations at the European Championship, Martin O'Neill's Ireland are attempting to reach a first World Cup since 2002. Georgia haven't won a game in the group yet.

'He said he had discomfort and, like we would with any other player, we don't take the chance.

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