Bale has to make changes - Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star´s injuries

Bale has to make changes - Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star´s injuries

Bale has to make changes - Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star´s injuries

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will be out for at least a month, with an injury to his calf that is unrelated to a hamstring issue that forced him off the field against Borussia Dortmund.

How Wales manage without their Real Madrid talisman Bale will go a long way to determining whether qualification hopes are still intact for the final game against the Republic.

A Celtic collision course has been set for Cardiff on Monday, but Wales and Ireland must negotiate Friday's World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, respectively, to set up an encounter of victor takes all.

Taking six-points from their final two games would guarantee Wales finish in the top two of Group D.

Speaking last summer, Ledley said: "We were just not very good at them".

"Gareth has played a huge role in Wales' successes over the past few years with his goals, assists and all round play".

Wales have lost just one of their last 20 qualifying matches (W10 D9) for either the European Championships or World Cup, with the most recent one coming in October 2015 against Bosnia (0-2).

Despite Bale's absence, Coleman has plenty of attacking options with Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn among them.

"Any manager will tell you that you try to stay away from all that".

Wales have a bit of a habit of performing these odd pre-match setups. We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us.

I am delighted for Tom.

He said: "In an intense atmosphere like that I think you need to play with your head and you have to play with a great deal of intensity as well". We'll enjoy it even more if we make it. "We've been here before, it's not like we've never played without him", Coleman explained.

Coleman said: "We were composed when we needed to be".

In the end it was a ideal evening for Coleman, rounded off by the fact that none of the seven players on a yellow card picked up the booking that would have ruled them out of the Ireland match, which promises to be quite an occasion. "We're still strong enough to go to other countries and get points".

"When you are dealing with other nations having the very, very best players, with a little bit of luck you could be in the same group against somebody like Messi or whatever the case may be".

"We owe them one". That's very hard to play against, as we saw in Cardiff, and when the Republic played them.

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