Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane cools concern over Gareth Bale's fitness prior to crunch World Cup qualifiers for Wales

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Gareth Bale is in no danger of missing Wales's World Cup qualifiers, according to Zinedine Zidane (Source: Getty)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has eased fears over the fitness of forward Gareth Bale prior to Wales’s crunch World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland.

Bale was left out of Real’s matchday squad for their win over Espanyol on Sunday, although Zidane has revealed that was merely a precautionary measure following the 28-year-old sustaining a muscle strain.

Wales currently sit second in Group D, four points adrift of leaders Serbia and are on course for a place in the play-offs, although Republic of Ireland are only a point behind and are breathing down their necks.

Zidane, however, had some positive news. He said: “He will travel with the international team. He could have played with us [against Espanyol] but I preferred to leave him out as he had a small complaint.

“He’s fine. After so many games at the start of the season and four months of injury, he was suffering after the [Champions League] game in Dortmund. He strained his hamstring but in the end it’s nothing. It’s not an injury. I’ve spoken to him and the doctors.”

Wales play Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday before hosting Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday.

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