Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will not take part in his country’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, it has been confirmed.
The Welsh winger will miss both qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland, returning back to Madrid to recover from a calf muscle strain.
Bale was a massive doubt for the 2-0 win over Espanyol at the weekend after coming off injured against Borussia Dortmund last week in the Champions League.
Chris Coleman’s Welsh side go into their final two matches in second place, a point ahead of Ireland, who they face in Cardiff.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had claimed that he expected Bale to feature for Wales but he is now ruled out.
Bale, who joined Madrid in 2013, has had a total of 12 injuries at the club, missing a total of 185 days.
His latest injury on his calf muscle is the fifth of its kind, forcing him to miss the latter end of last season which involved a successful La Liga title haul and a Champions League honour.
With Bale now out injured, the likes of Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio can continue their rise in a Madrid shirt, with both impressing Zidane enough to warrant starts ahead of both Bale and Karim Benzema this season.