Wales captain Gareth Bale is ruled out of World Cup qualification against Belgium in a massive blow to Rob Page’s side, who are looking to secure home-court advantage in the play-offs.
- Gareth Bale won his 100th match when Wales defeated Belarus 5-1 on Saturday
- The Welshman in his first start in two months came out after just 45 minutes
- Bale has now been ruled out for their clash against Wales on Tuesday night.
- A draw against Belgium could be good enough to seal home advantage.
Gareth Bale has been ruled out of qualification for the World Cup in Wales against Belgium.
Bale won his 100th game in a 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday after two months out with a hamstring injury, but came out in the 45th minute.
Wales manager Rob Page had said that Real Madrid forward Bale would not be a starter in Cardiff on Tuesday, but could play from the bench.
Gareth Bale to miss Wales’ big qualifying game against Belgium on Tuesday night
But Bale has been excluded from the 23-man squad that Wales has submitted to UEFA.
“It’s going to be stiff,” Page said of Bale on Monday.
“He hasn’t played for a couple of months and throwing it was a great demand from a physical point of view.
Bale played Belarus after more than two months out due to a hamstring injury.
‘It’s frustrating for him. He put in a tremendous effort to get in shape for the game (of Belarus) and takes credit for that. ”
Wales will face the world’s number one team and have already secured a place in the World Cup play-offs in March through their Nations League results.
A draw will ensure a semi-final tie at home as long as Turkey does not win by four goals in Montenegro.
Rob Page’s team seeks home-court advantage in the play-off semifinals to be played in March