Bale out of Wales qualifiers

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will miss Wales’ final two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.

The 28-year-old suffered a calf muscle strain playing for Los Blancos against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

The Welsh forward missed Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Espanyol on Sunday and persistent injuries have been limited to 96 La Liga starts from a possible 159 since joining from Tottenham in 2013.

Bale now misses the two crucial matches for his nation, who harbour hopes of a playoff spot for next summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia.

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