Wales are confident despite Bale absence

Wales are confident despite Bale absenceā€

Bale's calf problem has overshadowed the build-up to a game which is crucial to Wales' chances of making next month's play-offs.

The Real Madrid forward will not take part in the upcoming matches against Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday nor three days after against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, reports Efe.

This Friday, October 6, 2017 (9:00 AM Pacific) Georgia will host Wales at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena for a match in the UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Bale suffered discomfort in his thigh during the Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund on September 26.

Sam Vokes diverted just wide when Ramsey's right-wing cross created a good opportunity, while Lawrence fired over from 20 yards, as Wales struggled to turn their attacks into attempts on target.

Coleman admits Serbia's four-point advantage at the top of the group means automatic qualification is "theirs to lose", and only a win against Georgia will give them any hope of taking first place.

Wales are closing in on a World Cup playoff spot.

"Regarding what has been written and said".

After tonight's match against Georgia, Wales will head home to take on the Republic of Ireland in their final qualifying game. "He did it exceptionally well and I thought his all round performance was fantastic".

"But we have other players who can do that as well, someone like Aaron (Ramsey), who obviously did that out in Serbia".

"You need to go into games like that with more hunger than the other team and as we saw with Robbie Brady's goal, show a bit of class when it is needed".

"But let's get this Georgia game out of the way first".

The winger, who made 64 appearances for his country, was optimistic, and said: "They can still get the results to qualify, but they will have to play a slightly different way as there is nobody else who can get you back to front like Bale does". They won't fear us, they won't be afraid. We immediately scanned him.

None of the seven players in the Wales side on a booking picked up a caution, meaning Wales will be free of suspension for the Ireland match.

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].

Meanwhile, two-goal hero Daryl Murphy insists Ireland will rise to the occasion - just as they have always done.

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