Injured Bale still key to Wales' seek Euro 2016 qualification – Coleman

The Dragons have confirmed the Real Madrid star is part of their squad for their upcoming qualification double-header


Wales coach Chris Coleman has named Gareth Bale in the Wales squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualification clashes against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra.

The Real Madrid attacker has not played since suffering a calf injury in his club’s Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on September 15, and did not even make the bench in Madrid’s 2-0 win at Malmo on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the 26-year-old has still been named in Wales’ 25-man party for the games on October 10 and 13. 

Coleman’s unbeaten side sit top of Group B, needing one point from the two matches to be sure of a place in next year’s tournament in France, and the coach is looking to sew up qualification as quickly as possible with Bale. 

“If he is fit to meet up with us I will look to play him in Bosnia. We need our strongest team on the pitch to get the result,” Coleman told reporters after the announcement of his squad.

“We need a point from two games and we want to take care of our own business. We need another performance.”

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen and Crystal Palace’s Joe Ledley were both named in the squad despite also having injury concerns over recent weeks.

Squad in full: Wayne Hennessey, Daniel Ward, Owain Fon s, Ashley s, Ben Davies, James Chester, James Collins, Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Ashley Richards, Adam Henley, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, David Edwards, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Emyr Huws, Jonathan s, David Vaughan, Hal Robson-Kanu, Simon Church, David Cotterill, Tom Lawrence, Sam Vokes, Gareth Bale.

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