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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifiers

Real Madrid's forward from Wales Gareth Bale.

Such speculation was later confirmed by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), who announced that their talisman was sent for another scan following discussions with Los Blancos and that the results indicated he would not be available for matches in Tbilisi and Cardiff.

Wales are now second in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one point above Ireland.

But Derby striker Lawrence - who is now expected to carry more of an attacking burden in Georgia on Friday and at home to the Republic three days later - believes Wales have shown they can prosper without Bale.

Bale missed Real's clash with Espanyol on Sunday due a calf problem he picked up against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, per PA Sport (h/t Sky Sports).

"It is our worst nightmare to be without him, but we can't do anything about it", said the 23-year-old Derby County player.

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After a sensational season in which he netted winners in the Copa del Rey and Champions League final victories, he began missing more and more games.

He reported for global duty with the rest of the squad on Monday, and took part in a light training session with the players who featured in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool teenager Woodburn was named young player of the year after his dramatic World Cup introduction last month.

For Wales boss Chris Coleman the news represents a huge blow, as the national team still face a major fight to keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive.

In order to secure a play-off place, Wales would realistically need at least four points from the final two group games.


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