There are conflicting reports as to whether Gareth Bale has travelled with the Wales squad to tackle Scotland in tomorrow night’s world cup qualifier. Earlier today, several stories emerged claiming that the winger has stayed at home but the country’s football association moved to deny those reports.
“In response to a lot of media speculation, we can confirm that Gareth Bale is with the squad in Glasgow,” said an FAW spokesman.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Bale will play in the game and there are further stories suggesting that illness has compounded his ankle problem. Certainly, the majority of Tottenham fans will be hoping that Gareth sits this one out along with the home tie with Croatia next Tuesday.
Our key player has been the focus of attention for opposing sides too and his recent performances in the Premiership drew these widely reported comments from Dundee manager John Brown.
“With the pace that he’s got and the close control … he can’t run without legs,” Brown said.
Meanwhile, former club team mate Niko Kranjcar says that his Croatian side are focussing on stopping Bale.
“At this moment Gareth is the only one who can be compared with the two best players in the world – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,” Niko said.
“So we will have to be very careful, we must stop him at any price. He can lead Wales to glory by himself.”
It’s suggested that Chris Coleman is desperate for Bale to play with claims that the manager’s job is on the line. We’ll know the answer very shortly.