Injured Gareth Bale in Wales' FIFA World Cup qualifiers squad

Bale missed Spanish giants Real's 4-0 Champions League win over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday with the injury.

updated: October 03, 2013 18:04 IST
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London: Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player, was named on Thursday in the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium later this month despite a thigh injury.

But Wales manager Chris Coleman said the 24-year-old forward would not play in either match.

"We have spoken to the doctor and we will be without him, but we said all along it is very tough for him to have had no pre-season and be thrown in at the deep end," Coleman said.

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