Bale to miss Wales camp
Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30
Gareth Bale has been confirmed as an absentee for Wales' pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal.
Wales fans might have been alarmed when the name of their star player was missing from Chris Coleman's 29-man squad, which will visit the Algarve from May 24-29.
However, Bale's absence is down to his participation in the Champions League final in Milan on May 28.
Bale picked up a knee injury in Real's Champions League victory over Manchester City last week, and he was forced to sit out the 3-2 Primera Division defeat of Valencia, but the Spanish giants expect him to be fit for the Champions League final.
That will come as a huge relief to Coleman as the 26-year-old was involved in nine of Wales' 11 goals - scoring seven and assisting twice - in their qualifying campaign.
Wales will take 29 players to Portugal, with Coleman naming his 23-man squad for the finals on May 31.
Wales will play Sweden away in their last pre-tournament friendly on June 5 before kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux six days later.
They also face England in Lens on June 16 and Russia in Toulouse four days later.