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Ryan Giggs urges Gareth Bale to change his game

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has urged his compatriot Gareth Bale to change his game after suffering another calf muscle injury.

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.

And, former Welsh international Giggs believes now is the time for the former Tottenham Hotspur man to look at his approach to both training and games.

“When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure,” Giggs told Sksports.

“Especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players.

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“With the injuries he has had and at the stage of his career, this is when you need to start addressing it – when you get to your late 20s it hits home that you need to start making changes.

“Everyone is different and I tried to cover every base with yoga, acupuncture, ice baths, but what might work for some players might not for others.

“You also have to adapt your game; you can’t play in your late 20s like you did when you were 19, but that experience means your brain is quicker and you can be more economical yet more effective.

“I was definitely more effective in games in my late 20s even if I wasn’t as quick.”

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.

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