Gareth Bale ruled out of wales game against Belgium

Wales captain Gareth Bale will play no part in Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

The Real Madrid forward has been left out of manager Robert Page’s squad of 23 for the game in Cardiff.

Bale, 32, was taken off at half-time in Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Belarus, a precautionary substitution he described as “planned” afterwards.

He had not played for two months prior to that game because of a hamstring tear.

Page had said on Monday that they would assess Bale’s recovery before making a final decision.

This indicated that the Real Madrid star’s only hope of featuring against Belgium would have been as a substitute.

“He was never going to start. We knew that coming into camp,” Page told the media.

“The plan was always for him to get a half in the first game and then come on and maybe have an impact in the second game.”

“Gareth Bale has not played for a couple of months and to throw him in for that game was a big ask from a physical point of view.”

Wales are second in Group E, three points ahead of the third-placed Czech Republic.

Czech Republic will take on Estonia on Tuesday.

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