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Gareth Bale is set to play a key role in Wales' crucial Euro 2016 ties against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra after being named in manager Chris Coleman's 25-man squad on Thursday.
Bale on course to lead Wales into Euro 2016
10/01/2015
 
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Gareth Bale is set to play a key role in Wales' crucial Euro 2016 ties against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra after being named in manager Chris Coleman's 25-man squad on Thursday.


With Wales needing only one point to end a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament in France next summer, 

Coleman is still sweating on Bale's fitness.


The striker has missed Real Madrid's last three games with a calf injury but is set to return against derby rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday.


However, Coleman says he will select Bale for the Bosnia game in Zenica on October 10, even if the 26-year-old will not have played a single minute for Real since suffering the injury on September 15.


"Gareth has been incredibly important for us, so we don't want to be going into these two games without him," Coleman said.


"The news out of Madrid is positive and at the moment we're very hopeful and looking forward to having him on board."


Bale has been directly involved in eight of Wales' nine goals, scoring six of them, as Coleman's side top the Group B standings and move tantalisingly close to their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.


Coleman has also been able to welcome Joe Allen back into his squad.


The Liverpool midfielder missed last month's double-header against Cyprus and Israel with a hamstring injury and his stabilising influence was missed, even though Wales collected four points from those two qualifiers.


Wales squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia in Zenica on October 10, and Andorra in Cardiff three days later, announced on Thursday by manager Chris Coleman.


Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace/ENG), Danny Ward (Liverpool/ENG, on loan with 

Aberdeen/SCO), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness/SCO)


Defenders: Ashley Williams (Swansea City), James Chester (West Brom/ENG), Chris Gunter (Reading/ENG), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), James Collins (West Ham United/ENG), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers/ENG), Ashley Richards (Fulham/ENG)


Midfielders: David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Emyr Hughes (Wigan/ENG, on loan with Huddersfield Town/ENG), Joe Allen (Liverpool/ENG), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace/ENG), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal/ENG), Andy King (Leicester City/ENG), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace/ENG, on loan with Nottingham Forest/ENG)


Forwards: David Cotterill (Birmingham City/ENG), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading/ENG), Tom Lawrence (Leicester City/ENG, on loan with Blackburn Rovers/ENG), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/ESP), Simon Church (MK Dons/ENG), Sam Vokes (Burnley/ENG)

Source: AFP
 
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