Bale to miss Welsh World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland

A calf strain injury has ruled Gareth Bale out of Wales’ crunch WC qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland. The forward did not play in Real’s game against Espanyol and it was hoped that he would be be fit, but he is not at 100%, with Barnsley forward Tom Bradshaw called to replace Bale in the national squad.

Wales are second in the group behind Serbia, with two games to play. They’re looking to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958.

Since 2013, Wales have played six games without Bale and have not won a game, drawing three and losing three in his absence.

Bale plays 90 as Wales beat Austria in crunch qualifier

Gareth Bale played the full 90 minutes as Wales breathed new life into their World Cup qualifying hopes with a 1-0 win at home against Austria. The visitors had the better chances in the first half, but were wasteful, with Arnautovic and Sabitzer both going close.

The break through eventually came through Liverpool teenager, Ben Woodburn, who scored a scorcher for his first international goal.

Wales are now four points behind group leaders Serbia with three games to play, but the gap between Chris Coleman’s side and the Republic of Ireland, who drew in Georgia, has been reduced to two.

Here is Ben Woodburn’s stunner (vid source)

Gareth Bale goal v Serbia gives Wales 1-1 draw

Gareth Bale scored the opener for Wales against Serbia but the Dragons’ chances of automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup were dealt a huge blow by Alexsandar Mitrovic’s 85th minute equaliser in Cardiff. It was Wales’ third straight draw in the group and with six points from four games, they are now four points behind group leaders Ireland Continue reading