Wales boss Coleman backs Bale to face Scots

21 March 2013 09:16

Wales star Gareth Bale has "a very good chance" of playing in Friday's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Glasgow's Hampden Park, according to manager Chris Coleman.

The in-form Tottenham Hotspur winger was arguably the difference between the two sides when they last met in European qualifying zone Group A, scoring both Wales' goals in a 2-1 win in Cardiff in October.

However, Bale has missed training this week due to a combination of an ankle injury and a virus and travelled to Scotland separately from the rest of the Wales squad.

But Coleman, speaking before Wales' training session at Hampden on Thursday, said of Bale: "He has a very good chance of playing tomorrow (Friday) night.

"The medical team are happy with his response, he is better today (Thursday) than yesterday (Wednesday). I think the ankle is okay, that wasn't such a big concern."

"Gareth flew up later than us, he has had a bit of a virus on Tuesday and Wednesday so we couldn't do any sessions with us.

"If there are any doubts about him then he won't play because we can't take the risk with Gareth or any players because they don't belong to us, they belong to the clubs."

Both Wales, who haven't played at a major finals since the 1958 World Cup, and Scotland, who haven't featured in the latter stages of a significant tournament since the 1998 World Cup, are struggling to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Scotland are bottom of Group A, with Wales just a point and a place above them.

Source: AFP