If Bale is fit, he plays for us – Cole­man

Sunday Sun - - Football -

Gareth Bale GARETH Bale’s avail­abil­ity for Wales will not be com­pro­mised by the lat­est in­jury of his Real Madrid ca­reer, ac­cord­ing to Chris Cole­man.

Bale has not played since Septem­ber 26 be­cause of a calf prob­lem but he had been step­ping up his re­cov­ery and a re­turn to ac­tion was im­mi­nent.

But the 28-year-old for­ward suf­fered a fib­ril­lar rup­ture to the ad­duc­tor mus­cle of his left leg on Thurs­day and could be side­lined for a fur­ther six weeks.

It is an­other blow to Bale’s in­jury-hit Real ca­reer with the Welsh­man hav­ing missed 91 of their 250 games since join­ing from Tot­ten­ham in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3mil­lion.

Bale sat out Wales’ 2-0 friendly de­feat to France in Paris on Fri­day and his avail­abil­ity could be­come an is­sue when the Dragons play at the China Cup in March.

It is un­der­stood Wales will re­ceive a greater par­tic­i­pa­tion fee if their top play­ers make the 12,000-mile round trip to the Chi­nese city of Nan­ning.

But the four-team tour­na­ment comes just be­fore the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League, when Real will ex­pect to be de­fend­ing the trophy they have won for the last two sea­sons.

Wales boss Cole­man, how­ever, was adamant over the is­sue of Bale’s avail­abil­ity for Wales.

He said: “Hope­fully, Gareth gets back be­fore Christ­mas or just af­ter and 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.”

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