Welsh national team manager Chris Coleman surprised everyone by naming Gareth Bale in the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. This was despite the fact that the world’s most expensive player has had very little first-team football in the last few months. Bale made the £ 86 million move to Real Madrid in the hope of being the best player in the world, but his first few months at the Spanish club has been curtailed by injury problems. Ancelotti gave him the debut against Villarreal even though he was not fit to play. Since then, he has suffered recuperations and has not played well at all.

He has been ruled out for the next few weeks after suffering a thigh injury in the 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid. Despite this, he was included in the Welsh squad for the World Cup qualifiers, but his name was removed a few hours later. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the player will not be travelling to join up with his international teammate. Instead, he will spend the next 15 years at Madrid’s training centre in the hope of recovering from the injury problems. Many have been criticising the club for giving him a debut much sooner than his fitness would have suggested.

“He’ll stay here to train for 15 days. We have to co-ordinate with Wales but I think he’ll stay here. That way he’ll be ready for the match against Malaga after the break,” said Ancelotti. Bale scored on his debut for Madrid, but since then he has featured in occasional appearances. He has not been effective at all and it is largely because of the lack of fitness. Madrid have also had a poor start to the league season. They are already five points behind leaders Barcelona after just eight matches in the season.


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.