Chris Coleman pleased with Gareth Bale return

Coleman pleased with Bale return
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Chris Coleman says that Gareth Bale came on against Serbia when Wales had already lost the game but was happy to see him back in action.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has expressed his delight at the return of Gareth Bale to the national side.

The Real Madrid man missed their 2-1 defeat in Macedonia on Friday, having only played once in a friendly in recent months amid his ongoing transfer saga to the La Liga giants.

However, Bale came off the bench to play the final third of Wales' 3-0 loss to Serbia on Tuesday night, and Coleman was pleased to see him back in the fold.

"He played 30 minutes but after 15 minutes he looked tired - but he has only had four training sessions, so you will not get what you normally get," Coleman said in a press conference.

"But he gave us a lift, the fans were excited and it gave us a spur, although the game was done and dusted. We needed to be in the game, it was lost by then, but it was nice for the Welsh supporters to see him.

"If he starts Saturday he will not finish the game, I would be amazed if he does. He is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes even if Spanish football is slower. He may get 45 minutes, I don't know, but he will feel better in himself after 30 minutes."

Bale has 42 caps for Wales.

Wales national team manager Chris Coleman looks on during the International Friendly match between Wales v Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, 2013
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