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Gareth Bale out of Wales' World Cup Qualifiers

Gareth Bale has struggled with numerous injuries this season. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland, Press Association Sport understands.

Bale's fitness has been a source of concern for Wales since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

The 28-year-old missed Real Madrid's LaLiga clash with Espanyol on Sunday night but reported to the Wales camp the following morning.

Bale attended the FAW Awards on Monday night but will not be fit enough to play in the two qualifiers which will determine Wales' World Cup ambitions.

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Bale set to miss Real's semi-final dates with Atletico

Bale is expected to miss four weeks of action Credit: PA

Gareth Bale is likely to be out for a month after the Real Madrid forward sustained a calf injury in Sunday's El Clasico loss to Barcelona.

Real confirmed that Bale injured his left calf - diagnosed as a "grade two injury" - with reports suggesting the Welshman will miss around four weeks of action.

The injury means Bale is set to miss both of Real's Champions League semi-final legs against Atletico, on May 2 and 10 respectively.

Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Sanitas Medical Services, the player has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf. His recovery will continue to be assessed.

– Bale medical report on RM website

Wales boss Coleman says no point trying to kick Bale

Gareth Bale has been in good form for Real Madrid since recovering from injury Credit: PA

Wales boss Chris Coleman has told Republic of Ireland to forget about trying to goad Gareth Bale in their World Cup qualifier.

Real Madrid forward Bale returns from a two-match La Liga ban at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday after being sent off against Las Palmas.

Bale picked up the second red card of his career for shoving Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera to the ground during an ill-tempered 3-3 draw.

But Coleman is confident Bale will keep his head in the white-hot atmosphere of Dublin's Aviva Stadium next week.

Anybody sensible looking at him will see he never does that. I don't even know what happened. But he is a human being and sometimes you do something and regret it.

If you look at his past, though, and he has been kicked from pillar to post, I won't be worried.

I remember when we played Scotland and some ex-Scottish player said, 'He can't play if he hasn't got any legs.'

I looked at that and thought, 'Does he really seriously think that is going to bother him?' If you look and see where he is playing, under the pressure, in the spotlight, week in, week out...

So whatever the opposition have got planned for him, he's seen it before and dealt with it before. I'm not at all worried.

– Chris Coleman

Bale set for Real Madrid return against Espanyol

Gareth Bale is set to make his first appearance since November after Zinedine Zidane announced the Wales international will be in the Real Madrid squad to face Espanyol this weekend.

Bale has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on the ankle tendon damage he suffered during a Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon almost three months ago.

Madrid coach Zidane said last week that he hoped to have Bale available again before the Champions League last-16 second leg against Napoli on March 7, but the 27-year-old forward has already returned to full training and is now set to be involved against Espanyol.

Gareth Bale is back. Credit: PA

Zidane told a pre-match press conference, reported on the club's website: "He will be in the squad and the plan is for him to have some minutes. We're keen and he's keen as well.

"Bale is a very important player for us. We know the quality and speed that he has, and the damage he can cause the opposition.

"He's very happy to return to the team, to be with us, and be able to play again."

Good news for Wales: Gareth Bale back in training at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has given club and country a boost by returning to training.

Bale has not played since November because of ankle surgery, but Real Madrid tweeted a photograph of the 27-year-old training at their headquarters on Sunday.

News of Bale's imminent return will please Wales boss Chris Coleman ahead of next month's vital World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

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