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Bale named Wales Player of the Year

Bale ill be desperate to help Wales qualify for a major tournament one day. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale has been named Wales Footballer of the Year for the third time.

Bale, who earlier this year won the Professional Fooballers' Association and Football Writers' Association Player of he Year awards, scored 26 goals in all competitions for Tottenham and has been a rare beacon of light for Wales during a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Swansea left-back Ben Davies scooped the Young Player of the Year prize after showing remarkable maturity and consistency after being thrust into action for club and country by Neil Taylor's broken ankle.

Bale to remain in Spain

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Five more withdraw from Wales squad

Wales manager Chris Coleman has been hit by a fresh batch of withdrawals from his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium.

Coleman had already lost Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley and Joe Allen due to injuries, while Andrew Crofts is injured and also suspended for the Macedonia match.

But a further five players have now joined that list - Swansea defender Ben Davies, Wolves' Sam Ricketts, Celtic player Adam Matthews, Crystal Palace's Danny Gabbidon and Jack Collison, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham.

Wales confirmed nine replacements - Lloyd Isgrove (S'hampton), Owain Tudur Jones (Hibernian), Danny Alfei (Swansea), James Wilson (Bristol City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Sean MacDonald (Bournemouth), David Cotterill (Doncaster) and Ashley Richards (Huddersfield)

Bale set to stay in Spain

Gareth Bale is set to remain in Madrid during the international break as he looks to recover from the thigh injury that has undermined the world-record signing's start to life at the Bernabeu.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti indicated the 24-year-old winger would remain in the Spanish capital to continue his rehabilitation, despite being included in Wales' squad for their final two World Cup qualifiers.

Bale in Wales squad despite injury

Gareth Bale has been named in the Wales squad to face Macedonia and Belgium, but will not play a part in either match.

The Real Madrid forward has made just three appearances for the Spanish club since making his world-record move from Tottenham, and is currently sidelined by a thigh injury.

We have spoken to the doctor and we will be without him, but we said all along it is very tough for him to have had no pre-season and be thrown in at the deep end.

– Wales manager Chris Coleman.
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