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Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales World Cup qualifiers

The forward picked up a calf injury against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of crunch World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland with a calf strain.

Wales, who are currently second in Group D, one point ahead of Ireland and four points behind Serbia, will be without Bale when they travel to Georgia on Friday before facing Ireland in Cardiff three days later.

The 28-year-old missed Real’s league game over the weekend against Espanyol having picked up a calf injury against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane claimed he rested him for Sunday’s win over Espanyol as a precaution.

A statement from FAW said: “The Football Association of Wales can confirm that Gareth Bale will miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland.

“Bale – who missed Real Madrid’s game against Espanyol on Sunday – arrived with the rest of the Wales squad on Sunday and attended Monday’s annual FAW Awards dinner at the team headquarters in Cardiff.

“But following dialogue with Real Madrid, Bale was sent for a scan and results confirmed that he wouldn’t be fit to feature. “

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