Wales boss Ryan Giggs promises to not take any “stupid” risks over Gareth Bale’s fitness ahead of Monday’s friendly against Belarus.
Bale carried over his newly-discovered Real Madrid form last Friday to score the match-winner in Wales’ 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan. It’s practically restored their Euro 2020 qualification hopes, with joint-Group E leaders Croatia and Hungary just three points ahead.
Although there are doubts, however, on whether Wales fans will get to see Bale in action on Monday. As it’s only a friendly, Giggs must decide whether it’s worth the risk to play the injury-prone star or not.
Despite the uncertainty, though, the 30-year-old trained with the rest of the Dragons squad on Sunday morning.
“He’s got a big game the following Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germain away, I’ll speak to Gareth later,” Giggs told reporters in a press conference.
“He’s done three 90 minutes now, or nearly 90 minutes in his last Real Madrid game. We’ll look at it.
“He looked fit the other night, he was everywhere, working hard, sprinting back – it was brilliant. He is the example.
“We won’t treat it like a training session but he would not have done anything yesterday and today if he wasn’t going to be involved. We’ll see if he can play a part in the game, from the start or coming on as a sub.
“We’re not being stupid, as well. Given that he is two weeks behind everyone else. He’s not got six or seven games in him.”
While leaving Bale out may be the very last thing the Wales supporters want in Cardiff, it would be widely welcomed at Real.
Los Blancos, who are still without Eden Hazard, have a tense run of fixtures coming up at the end of the international break.
First up is a home match against Levante in La Liga next Saturday, where the pressure will be on Zinedine Zidane’s men to grab all three points. They will then travel to France to meet Paris Saint-Germain for their Group A opener in the Champions League four days later.
A trip to Andalusia on September 22 will then be on to meet former Real manager Julen Lopetegui and his new Sevilla team.