Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Bale injury deals hammer blow to Wales' World Cup hopes

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Clarence Duncan | 04 October, 2017, 00:24

Six-time victor Bale had claimed the trophy four consecutive times but the Real Madrid forward, who has been ruled out of Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers due to injury, was named players' player of the year at the Vale of Glamorgan ceremony.

Edwards, a 10-year veteran in a Wales shirt, scored the victor in that game and says the quality in the squad is much better now.

Despite Bale's absence, Bradshaw could well be kept out of the starting line-up by Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn. So far Woodburn has impressed with a goal within five minutes against Austria, coming in as a substitute in the second-half, and also set up a goal in Wales' 2-0 victory over Moldova earlier in September.

However, despite missing the game last Sunday, Bale showed up at Wales' training camp the next morning, according to The Guardian. "When I first started you could not replace a Craig Bellamy or a Simon Davies, it was too hard to fill their boots", he said. The forward discovered the severity of the injury after having a scan after joining up with Wales.

Gunter has again been ever-present for Wales in 2017 to take his number of caps to 81 - the second most by an outfield player, with only Gary Speed ahead of him on 85.

The Real Madrigli Ballet, only player in all four of last 4 organisations in Wales, who has managed to do so, was not awarded award this year.

"But we've got a strong squad and whoever comes in needs to step and do a job".

Wales have a number of quality players but they'll definitely be much weaker without star man, Gareth Bale.

Wales are now in second place in Group D, four points behind Serbia and one points ahead of Republic of Ireland.

Wales need to win both games to at least make next month's World Cup play-offs, but their record without Bale does not make pretty reading.

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