Gareth Bale is set to miss out on fixtures for Wales and Real Madrid after sustaining a calf injury that rules him out for up to four weeks.
Bale, 28, discovered the extent of the injury on Monday after flagging up discomfort in his calf after a scan on the hamstring while in Spain. However, Real had been content for the player to link up with the Wales international squad, despite leaving him out of Sunday’s La Liga game against Espanyol.
Club coach Zinedine Zidane said afterwards that Bale had a “small complaint” but added that the player as “fine” and suggested leaving him out was a precautionary measure. – Cara Daftar Sbobet
However, the calf problem that Bale mentioned after arriving in Cardiff prompted fresh concerns and led to Wales sending him for a scan on that area as well as the hamstring, and results show a tear within the calf muscle.
The discovery meant that Bale would had no chance of playing for Wales and faces the prospect of missing key games for real, including the Champions League fixtures against his former club Tottenham Spurs on 17 October and 1 November.
Still, Welsh would take the brunt of the impact of Bale’s absence as they are second in Group D of the UEFA region qualifiers for the World Cup — and just one point ahead of Ireland with two games remaining.
With Serbia expected to finish top of the group, Wales’s hopes of reaching their first World Cup since 1958 hang on pipping Ireland to the runners-up spot and securing a play-off berth by being one of the eight best second-placed teams which,as things stand they are ninth.
To do so, they need to secure points from potentially tricky away games, first against Georgia this Friday before hosting Ireland on Monday.