Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale rated ‘unlikely’ for Wales’ next game

Ryan Giggs admits Gareth Bale is ‘struggling’ to be fit for Wales’ next game as his side were taught a ‘lesson’ by Spain on Thursday.

“We will be better on Tuesday,” the Coach told BBC Sport Wales after the Dragons’ 4-1 defeat.

“You have to give them [Spain] credit, fantastic players, playing at the top level, and they showed that tonight. It was a lesson for us.

“It was a lesson for a lot of the players and one we will learn from and we’ll come back stronger.

“Against average teams you have to do the basics right and, against a very good team if you don’t do the basics, you get punished, and that’s what happened.

“We brush ourselves down, take it on the chin. The last time we were in Cardiff we won 4-1 [against Republic of Ireland] and were magnificent.

“Tonight we were disappointing. The good thing about football is you’ve always got the next game. That can’t come quickly enough.

“Gareth is struggling for Tuesday so we try to take care of the lads and get ready for Tuesday.

“We’ll make a decision in the next couple of days because then we have to prepare for the game.

“If Gareth is not available we have to prepare to see what team we’re going to play, so we’ll make it sooner rather than later.

“It does [look unlikely that he’ll play on Tuesday]. Gareth is probably struggling for Tuesday, the nearer we get to the game. So we are up against it.”

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