Chris Coleman rejects Madrid's claims: "Bale didn't train with Wales"

by Steven Clarke October 7, 2017, 0:58
Chris Coleman rejects Madrid's claims:

Tom Lawrence's superb first global goal gave Wales a crucial 1-0 away win over Georgia as their bid to qualify for the World Cup was boosted despite the absence of injured talisman Gareth Bale.

The Welsh are now second in Group D and a win in Tbilisi tonight (Friday) will likely be enough to secure a top-two spot if the Republic of Ireland fail to beat Moldova at home. They'd still need the three points in Wales.

Therefore, the aim is clear.

"He (boss Chris Coleman) showed faith in me the last two games, and hopefully my performances repaid that faith", said Lawrence, who started his professional career at Manchester United.

Rankings of second placed teams are decided with matches against the bottom side in the group disregarded.

All eyes will be on James McCarthy, who has been training with the Republic of Ireland squad despite being unable to play a game for Everton this season through injury.

Coleman, however, is not thinking beyond Georgia and expects his players to do likewise.

I'm hoping that could be a blessing in disguise as both will be well rested for the Welsh game, and if Ireland can't beat Moldova without them they really don't deserve to be in the qualifcation shake-up.

He said: "We are in with a great shout and the pressure and spotlight is welcomed by me, I promise you".

Spain, who host Albania tonight, will top Group G, if they better Italy's result against Macedonia.

And without Bale that is a real possibility.

In the absence of the injured Gareth Bale, their fans will turn to the Arsenal midfielder for inspiration against Georgia as Chris Coleman's side look to secure a World Cup play-off spot. The Dragons failed to defeat Georgia last time the two teams played each other as the game ended in a 1-1 draw but should have better luck this time around. Sometimes you can have a little bit of discomfort elsewhere.

Gareth Southgate could use the Three Lions' final group game as an opportunity to experiment. The game will kick-off at 5 pm on October 6. "We'll enjoy it even more if we make it".

No wonder Wales have drifted from odds-on to [2.04] and they still look risky even at the longer odds.


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