Wales manager Chris Coleman: 'Gareth Bale will not play in qualifiers'

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF sits on the bench as he speaks with team-mate Luka Modric prior to start the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 28, 2013
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Wales boss Chris Coleman confirms that Gareth Bale will no play in either World Cup qualifier against Macedonia or Belgium.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed that Gareth Bale will play no part in their World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, despite being named in the squad.

The 24-year-old Real Madrid star has been included in the setup for next week's matches, but due to the player's current thigh strain, Coleman has ruled him out of competing.

"We've spoken to the doctor and we will be without him," Sky Sports News quotes Coleman as saying.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Bale will return to action for the Spanish giants in 15 days' time.

Debutant Gareth Bale celebrates his first goal for Real Madrid following a tap-in against Villarreal on September 14, 2013
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