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Gareth Bale loses his Welsh Footballer of the Year award

Gareth Bale loses his Welsh Footballer of the Year award

Wales says Gareth Bale has been ruled out of its final two World Cup qualifiers.

The 28-year-old forward missed Real Madrid's league game with Espanyol on Sunday but reported to the Wales camp the following morning.

However, Bale has withdrawn from Wales' contest against Georgia in Tbilisi scheduled for Friday, October 7, and the game against Ireland in Cardiff on October 10.

Bale is out of Wales' squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland over the next fortnight.

But Derby striker Lawrence, who is now expected to carry more of an attacking burden in the last two matches, believes Wales have shown they can prosper without Bale.

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Bale has scored four of Wales' 12 goals so far in qualifying but has often been battling through injuries when it has come to global games over the past 12 months.

Bale picked up the Wales Players' Player of the Year award for 2017 at Monday's gala, but for the first time in five years he missed out on the overall Player of the Year prize, which went to Chris Gunter of Championship club Reading.

Two wins are likely to guarantee them at least a place in next month's World Cup play-offs. "I've spoken to him and the doctors".

Assistant manager Roy Keane responded to the news by saying absent pair Seamus Coleman and Jonathan Walters "are as important to us as Bale is to Wales" and insisted "injuries are part of the game".

Wales will probably revert to their famous 5-2-3, with Liverpool's Ben Woodburn taking Bale's place in the attacking trident with Ramsey and one of Sam Vokes or Hal Robson-Kanu.


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