Gareth Bale named in Wales squad despite injury

Bale has played for Real Madrid just three times due to injury. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale has been named in Wales' squad for their final World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, despite his new club Real Madrid announcing that he has a thigh injury.

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The 24-year-old, who became the world's most expensive player when he moved from Tottenham to the Spanish giants for £80m this summer, missed Madrid's Champions League match against FC Copenhagen last night - having been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in his left thigh.

There was no confirmation on how long the problem would sideline him for, but it was thought to be several weeks, and his inclusion in Chris Coleman's 23-man squad comes as a surprise.

Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed, despite missing Real Madrid's game against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night because of injury. 031106 OCT 13

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