Gareth Bale at risk of missing World Cup as Wales star misses game with injury
Gareth Bale’s World Cup hopes have been plunged into doubt after he was ruled out of LAFC’s MLS semi-final clash through injury.
The Wales captain dragged the Dragons through the qualifying rounds and into the showpiece tournament into Qatar with some sensational individual displays. Bale made the move across the pond to get some regular minutes with the Los Angeles giants, so he is in peak condition when Wales play their first match against the USA on November 21.
The former Real Madrid and Tottenham ace has made 12 appearances for LAFC, contributing two goals in the MLS during this time. However, the brakes have well and truly been slammed as he was ruled out of a huge clash for his club.
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He had to watch LA's dramatic 3-2 victory over huge rivals LA Galaxy on Thursday night from the stands. Bale has only played five minutes of club football since he played the full 90 minutes in Wales' 1-0 home defeat to Poland in the Nations League in September.
Robert Page’s side would certainly love to wrap him in cotton wool ahead of the tournament next month. Wales have not competed in the World Cup since 1958 and they will certainly need Bale fit and firing if they hope to go far in Qatar.
As well as facing the USA in their opening match, they must also navigate their way past a dangerous Iran side, before a huge Battle of Britain clash against England on November 29. Bale scored two goals against Austria in the World Cup qualification semi-finals play offs, but saved his most important strike for the final against Ukraine, which sealed their place in Qatar.
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His overall record for the Dragons currently stands at a stunning 39 goals and 22 assists in 108 appearances for his country. While he has spearheaded the Wales attack in the 2016 and 2020 European Championships, Wales missed out on a place in the 2018 World Cup after finishing behind Serbia and Republic of Ireland in their qualification groups.
But while there have been some niggling injury issues this season, Bale recently said he feels he is on a "good path" to be in peak condition for the World Cup. "We're on a good path to where I want to be. I want to play 90 minutes as much as I can but I understand I need to build up to that because I haven't done it an awful lot in the last few years," Bale said to the Guardian.
"The most important thing for me is to take each week as it comes and hopefully that will be good enough for me to help LAFC and, ultimately, be ready for the World Cup."
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