Gareth Bale to miss friendly in Cardiff

05 November 2015 BBC Online




Wales manager Chris Coleman has left Gareth Bale out of his squad for the friendly against Netherlands following "correspondence" with Real Madrid.  Bale will remain in Spain to undergo special training after playing only 45 minutes for Real since 13 October because of a calf injury.
"He misses this game [so] the Madrid medical team can get him up to scratch. It's in our interest," said Coleman.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey will also miss the match with a hamstring problem.  Bale has missed Real's past four games but has resumed light training and could feature in the La Liga game against Sevilla on Sunday.
"After correspondence with Madrid, he'll probably figure in the next game for them I'd imagine, but they want to use this time wisely and carefully to get him up to scratch, and we respect that," added Coleman.
"I think Gareth also wants to do what's right and we've never taken risks with players, it's not in our nature.
"It's not that Madrid have said we can't take him, but we've got to look at it and think it's a wise thing to do."

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