Wednesday 17 July 2019

Ireland's Nations League task gets a little easier as Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales visit

24 March 2017; Gareth Bale of Wales during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
24 March 2017; Gareth Bale of Wales during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

WALES have confirmed that Gareth Bale will not travel to Dublin for Tuesday's nations League game against the Republic of Ireland.

Bale, who missed last week's friendly against Spain in Cardiff, was a major doubt for Ryan Giggs' squad ahead of the Dublin test, though Giggs was not abandoning hope that the Welsh talisman could be available.

But the Welsh FA confirmed on twitter on Sunday that Bale would not feature. "Gareth Bale has returned to his club this afternoon and will not travel to Dublin with the rest of the squad," the Welsh FA said.

Ronan Curtis has been promoted to the Irish senior squad from the U21 panel while Callum O'Dowda is being assessed.

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