Gareth Bale injury: Real Madrid and Wales star out of Spain friendly

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

The report claims that Madrid chiefs are "bothered" by Bale's eagerness to play for Wales in their friendly against Spain on Thursday evening, despite his own injury concerns.

Bale, who sat out the surprise Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow with a groin issue, was forced off late on in Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, with Julen Lopetegui revealing it was due to an injury.

Bale is now with Wales' squad and although he will not feature against Spain he could play against Republic of Ireland next Tuesday.

"Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won't be involved against Spain", Giggs said. "We don't want to take any unnecessary risks with Gareth, we will be preparing for the Ireland game with both scenarios in mind [with or without Bale]", the coach added. "It's a game that allows me to try out different things". Meanwhile, centre-back Ashley Williams said that Wales would sorely miss Bale against Spain.

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"We're treating the symptoms but it's nothing to worry about. Either way, I expect him to be fit for Madrid's next game".

"The Wales that we have analysed is one with Bale", Luis Enrique said in Wednesday's news conference at the Principality Stadium.

Spain under Luis Enrique, who took over the national team following La Roja's round-of-16 shootout defeat to Russian Federation at the World Cup, has looked impressive with a 2-1 win away to England and a 6-0 rout of Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.

"To score six goals against the World Cup finalists Croatia is something special and gives the chance for our lads to play against some of the best players in the world".

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