Bale set to miss Wales’ clash with Repub­lic

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GARETH Bale is re­port­edly set to re­turn to Real Madrid ahead of Wales’ Na­tions League clash with the Repub­lic of Ire­land on Tues­day night, writes IAN MITCHELMORE.

The Welsh­man missed the 4-1 de­feat to Spain at Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium on Thurs­day night with what was termed as mus­cle fa­tigue and was a ma­jor doubt for the clash with Martin O’Neill’s side in Dublin.

Speak­ing af­ter the loss to Spain, Ryan Giggs ad­mit­ted he wanted to make a de­ci­sion on Bale’s avail­abil­ity as early as pos­si­ble.

“We’ll make a de­ci­sion in the next cou­ple of days be­cause then we have to pre­pare for the game,” said Giggs.

“If Gareth is not avail­able we have to pre­pare to see what team we’re go­ing to play, so we’ll make it sooner rather than on the day.”

Asked if it looks likely Wales will be without Bale, Giggs replied: “Yeah, it does.”

The squad were set for a crunch train­ing ses­sion at their Vale Re­sort base this morn­ing, giv­ing Bale one fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to prove his fit­ness for the game at the Aviva Sta­dium.

But re­ports in the Span­ish me­dia claim Bale will re­turn to Madrid to­mor­row, which would mean he will play no part against O’Neill’s men at the Aviva Sta­dium.

Bale was sub­sti­tuted 10 min­utes from time dur­ing Real Madrid’s 1-0 La Liga de­feat to Alaves be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, while he also suf­fered a mi­nor in­jury in his side’s 0-0 draw with derby ri­vals Atletico Madrid at the end of Septem­ber.

Speak­ing about his re­la­tion­ship with the Span­ish giants, Giggs said: “The med­i­cal team are con­stantly in di­a­logue with Real Madrid, like we are with ev­ery team.”

Julen Lopetegui’s side host Le­vante at the Bern­abeu on Satur­day be­fore fac­ing Plzen in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week.

They then face Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the first El Cla­sico of the sea­son.

Else­where, Chris Mepham and Ethan Am­padu have both re­turned to their clubs due to in­jury.

Chelsea’s Am­padu started in the cen­tre of the park against Spain, but was forced off early in the sec­ond half af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee prob­lem. And Brent­ford cen­tre-back Mepham did not fea­ture at all in the de­feat af­ter pick­ing up a knock in train­ing.

Giggs has added Ip­swich Town winger Gwion Ed­wards and Sh­effield United’s Kieron Free­man to his squad.

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