Wales sweat over Gareth Bale fitness

Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk

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Wales boss Chris Coleman will be nervously waiting to hear of news on Gareth Bale after the star forward was taken off in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

Real’s fine start to their Champions League campaign came at a price with former Tottenham star Bale being replaced by Mateo Kovacic after just 32 minutes at the Bernabeu.

A calf injury is at the root of the problem and Los Blancos boss Rafa Benitez has admitted he will have to wait and see to find out the full extent of the damage.

He said: “He had a spasm in the calf muscle. We have to wait one or two days. He had a similar problem last year.”

Coleman, of course, will be another interested party, with his Wales side on the verge of qualifying for the European Championships in France next year.

Wales face Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 10 and then Andorra three days later with just a single point between Coleman’s men and reaching the major tournament across the Channel.

Bale has been the key figure in Wales’ recent success, which has helped them climb above England in the world rankings.

Nine goals during qualifying from the 26-year-old has seen Bale guide Wales to the top of Group B and a chance to join the Three Lions at Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are 2.63 to win the La Liga title this season, while the reigning champions Barcelona are 1.57 to retain the Spanish crown.

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