Wales to risk Bale despite back problem

Gareth Bale is set to take his place in the starting line-up for the Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Cyprus on Monday evening despite suffering with a back problem, the Daily Express has reported.

The Real Madrid star was caught by a challenge during Friday’s goalless draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina, and despite not feeling fully-fit, he has told manager Chris Coleman that he will be able to feature for a side that is already decimated by injury, with key players such as Joe Allen, James Collins and Aaron Ramsey all absent.

The decision may harm relations between Wales and the European club champions, but Coleman is hoping that his side can end this international week sitting top of Group B. On the situation, the former Fulham and Coventry City boss said: “It’s happened where Bale has said he wants to play for us even if he’s got a niggling injury. He’s not playing for us every time at 100 per cent.

“There’s a protocol between Real Madrid’s medical team and our medical team but we’ve never risked him. But if there’s not a big risk, if there’s a chance of getting through the game in a little bit of pain, that’s alright, that’s ok.”

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