Welsh national team manager Chris Coleman has revealed that he is extremely happy that Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale will not be taking part in the London Olympics 2012. The 22-year-old winger has been ruled out of the participation in the London Olympics 2012 after suffering a back injury recently. Even though the midfielder has admitted that he is extremely disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to play in the Olympics, the Welsh national team manager Chris Coleman has said that it will indirectly benefit the national team because he will get a lot of rest and a good pre-season, which are essential prior to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Gareth Bale was one of the main players of the Tottenham squad that finished in the fourth position last season. Due to the importance within the team, Gareth Bale was played often without any rest by the manager Harry Redknapp. As a result, he is suffering from a number of tiredness related injuries prior to the start of this new season. Even though he is expected to take part in the pre-season for Tottenham, Chris Coleman reckons that the fact that he will miss the Olympics is a boon for the national team in the World Cup qualifiers.
“I’m quite relieved Gareth is not involved with Team GB because I think he could do with a rest. He’s played a lot of football last season and there’s a lot of pressure on him because he’s such a good player. He’s such a dynamic player and every game he plays, the amount of ground he covers and the speed he runs at it’s going to take its toll,” said Coleman. Coleman will be looking to deliver World Cup football to the Welsh. The next friendly match for Welsh is against Bosnia in August.