Giggs ex­pects Bale to miss Repub­lic clash

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

Ryan Giggs ex­pects Gareth Bale to miss Wales' Na­tions League clash against the Repub­lic of Ire­land on Tues­day.

Bale was side­lined for Wales' 4-1 friendly de­feat against Spain in Cardiff on Thurs­day af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a groin in­jury while play­ing for Real Madrid against Alaves last week­end.

The 29-year-old had hoped to re­cover for his coun­try's trip to Dublin next week, but the Wales man­ager ad­mit­ted he doesn't ex­pect his star to be back in time.

"Gareth is strug­gling for Tues­day. We will make a de­ci­sion in the next cou­ple of days. At the mo­ment it looks like we will be with­out him," Giggs told re­porters af­ter the Spain match. "It's un­likely at this point. It's noth­ing se­ri­ous but the closer we get to the game, we will have to make a de­ci­sion." Bale scored four goals in his first nine ap­pear­ances for Real this sea­son, but he has been both­ered by the in­jury for sev­eral weeks. It is a frus­trat­ing spell for the former Tot­ten­ham star af­ter his goals helped Real win the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal against Liver­pool last sea­son.

CARDIFF -

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Swaziland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.