GIGGSY’S GAME

Ryan yoga plan for Bale

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - James Candy

WALES boss Chris Cole­man ad­mits Gareth Bale may have to take lessons from Ryan Giggs to put his in­jury woes be­hind him.

The Real Madrid star is likely to be side­lined un­til the new year af­ter suf­fer­ing a thigh in­jury just days af­ter re­turn­ing from a calf prob­lem.

Ryan Giggs, 43, took up Pilates and yoga to beat his in­jury de­mons and Cole­man reck­ons Bale, 28, may have to adapt his train­ing regime as he gets older.

He said: “I found out about the in­jury just be­fore the game, I don’t know the full ex­tent of it. He’ll be dev­as­tated him­self.

“Some play­ers, as they get older, change their sched­ule. That’s up to him and

Real Madrid.

“When he’s with us all our play­ers have dif­fer­ent pro­grammes at dif­fer­ent times of the week be­cause we know what they do with their clubs.

“We have to make sure that we ta­per that in with the way we work.”

Giggs (above) had his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in­ter­rupted by in­jury be­fore he re­tired from Wales duty in 2007.

He went on to star in the red shirt of Manch­ester United for an­other seven years, be­com­ing the most dec­o­rated player in English foot­ball his­tory.

Bale has missed 40 of Real Madrid’s last 60 matches as well as crucial World Cup qual­i­fiers against Ire­land, Ser­bia and Ge­or­gia.

But Cole­man has backed him to get over his lat­est is­sue and in­sists he should not be la­belled as an in­jury-prone player for the rest of his ca­reer. He said: “I think play­ers can go through spells when they’ve been out with an in­jury, they get re­fer­rals and then they get this, that and the other.

“The harder you try to get back you get a set­back and some­times you have to go through that. He’ll get over and he’ll be back.

“He just needs to get set­tled again and get his fit­ness. He needs to take his time and not rush him­self back.

“Any player will tell you they want to be on the pitch and not in the treat­ment room.” Luck­ily for Wales, their next mean­ing­ful fix­tures come at the China Cup in March. Cole­man’s men face Uruguay and Czech Repub­lic as well as hosts China in a week-long mini tour­na­ment.

And the Wales boss will have no wor­ries about tak­ing his talisman to the Far East.

He said: “It all de­pends on his fit­ness whether he’ll travel.

“Hope­fully he gets back be­fore Christ­mas or just af­ter and then we’ve got two or three months be­fore the China Cup.

“We ex­pect all our play­ers if they are fit to play for their club then they are fit to play for us.

“We never take risks, we’ve never done that and I don’t see that chang­ing in the fu­ture. If he’s fit for Madrid then ob­vi­ously he’s fit for us.”

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