After one of Chelsea’s latest football transfers, Romelu Lukaku, returned after a month, and Liverpool’s Harvey Elliot also recuperated from injury to resume training (football news), we bring you updates on a third player, one who, instead of returning, will be withdrawing out of international duty – the Wales national football team’s captain. Real Madrid and Welsh international striker Gareth Bale won’t play Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium, tomorrow, in Group E.
Wales take on the world’s number-one-ranked side, Belgium. They have already guaranteed themselves a 2022 Qatar World Cup play-off spot in March through their UEFA Nations League results.
A draw will secure a home semi-final tie as long as Turkey do not win by four goals in Montenegro.
Gareth Bale Won’t Play Wales’ World Cup Qualifier against Belgium
Wales’ boss Robert Page initially released a statement regarding his Welsh team captain Gareth Bale’s status. The manager said that while Bale would not start in Cardiff, he might still feature from the bench.
But now, Page has had to omit the 32-year-old player from the squad altogether, as reported by UEFA.com.
“He has not played for a couple of months and to throw him in was a big ask from a physical point of view. It’s frustrating for him,” Page told the press. “He made a tremendous effort to get fit for the [Belarus] game and he takes credit for that.”