Real Madrid star Gareth Bale had to leave the team’s away match against Alaves with muscle fatigue in his groin. Lopetegui and the player made this decision to prevent a serious injury which could’ve kept him out for the next two or three weeks. However, the Welsh national team included Bale on the squad list for this FIFA break and he will face Ireland, although he will not play against Spain in this Thursday’s friendly. Wales’ doctors will make sure Bale is ready to go before “taking any risks,” but it’s clear that he doesn’t have an injury at the moment and therefore it’s fairly safe to assume that he will play.
Bale played just 45 minutes against Atletico de Madrid, then got some rest and didn’t face CSKA Moscow and ended up leaving the game against Alaves. He’s got a history with muscle injuries and it’s quite clear that he might need some rest here. Real Madrid will face Barcelona in what could be a decisive El Clasico later this month and it’d be important to have a fresh Bale in that game.
The Welshman is not injured but he could have used these next 15 days to get some much needed rest and improve his condition. Still, Real Madrid fans will be watching Wales’ match against Ireland with their fingers crossed.