Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale, ruled out of Wales world cup qualifi
Real Madrid forward, Gareth Bale, ruled out of Wales world cup qualifiers
Real Madrid forward ,Gareth Bale ,has been ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland due to a calf strain.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane had played down concerns about Bale's fitness, saying he rested him for Sunday's win over Espanyol as a precaution.
Bale joined the Wales squad on Monday and, despite sitting out training, it had been hoped he would be fit.
Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw has been called up to Wales the squad in his place.
Bale's absence in Tbilisi on Friday and in Cardiff for the visit of the Republic of Ireland three days later is a huge blow to Welsh hopes of qualifying for a first World Cup since 1958.
Wales are second in Group D, trailing leaders Serbia by four points with two matches remaining.
In order to secure a play-off place, Wales would realistically need at least four points from the games against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.
Their chances of doing so will be harmed by the injury to Bale, who has scored four goals so far in this campaign. Wales have failed to win a match without the Real Madrid forward since 2013, drawing three and losing three matches in his absence.