Robert Page admits Gareth Bale will not be put at risk on Wales duty
As reported by Sky Sports, Wales caretaker boss Robert Page has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale is slowly getting back to peak fitness and won’t be put at undue risk while on international duty.
The 31-year-old returned to Tottenham this past summer, signing on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid. However, in his short time at the club, Bale has had a few fitness issues. Indeed, the Welsh wing-wizard missed the national team’s last set of fixtures in October due to the same reason.
Bale was recalled to the Wales squad for the final international break of 2020. And caretaker boss Page, who is filling in for Ryan Giggs, has claimed that the 31-year-old is enjoying football again and has been training well. (h/t Sky Sports)
“He’s a different person at the minute, he looks like he is loving his football again. Sensibly, Tottenham are building him up to that full 90 minutes when he can compete at the intensity they want him to. We’ve managed that as well this week.”
Asked whether Bale would start in Wales’ upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Finland, the manager added that he understood the current circumstances surrounding the player and his fitness and the stance of the club and will use him accordingly. (h/t Sky Sports)
“Of course, we’re sympathetic to the club managers and the demands put on them with the current situation with Covid.”
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It is crucial that Bale isn’t rushed back into action or there is a risk of him getting sidelined once more. So, it is good to see that the Wales manager understands the situation and is willing to exert caution.