Wales boss Chris Coleman bullish despite Gareth Bale absence


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Wales boss Chris Coleman insists his side can get the results they need in their final two World Cup qualifiers despite Gareth Bale’s absence.

Bale has been ruled out for the games against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland due to a calf injury.

Wales haven’t won a game without the Real Madrid forward since 2013, drawing three and losing three in his absence, but Coleman is convinced they can cope without their star man.

“We are in good shape,” Coleman said. “It is all to play for.

“We have always been a little half a step behind, but we have injuries this campaign which we never had last campaign [for Euro 2016]. But you don’t get there with ones and twos, it is about everybody.

“This campaign we haven’t always had Bale, Aaron Ramsey or Joe Allen. They are obviously three super-special players and we haven’t always had them, but the lads who have come in have been absolutely magnificent.”

The Welsh are currently second in Group D, just one point ahead of Ireland, as they bid for a play-off place – as Serbia have a four point lead at the top and seem destined to take the automatic qualification place.

Wales are 1.95 to win in Georgia on Friday or 8.00 to win 2-0, while Sam Vokes is 6.00 to score the first goal of the game.

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