Bale a chance to play in Wales qualifier
Gareth Bale could be passed fit to take part in Wales' World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on Friday, assistant coach Kit Symons has confirmed.
Bale has not played a competitive match this season after suffering a foot injury while on pre-season duty with Tottenham and there are doubts over whether the Real Madrid recruit will be risked by Chris Coleman during the international break.
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But Symons insists Bale is both willing and able to feature for Wales against Group A's bottom side.
"He is here, he is really keen to play and wanted to be part of the squad so that is fantastic," he told Sky Sports News. "We are delighted to have him, the most important decision is to do the right thing by the player, be it a player from Real Madrid or any other club we will always do the right thing by the boys.
"He is obviously fit for selection and it has been fantastic having him as part of the squad, but obviously we are mindful of how much training he has actually done so far this season. What we have always done, and continue to do, is do the right thing by the players, as desperate as we are to win the game."
Wales are unable to qualify for the World Cup but sit just one point behind third-placed Serbia and Symons is confident his side can finish the qualification stages with a bang.
"We are going all out in the last four qualifiers to finish as high as we can, the third spot is up for grabs and we intend to get it," he added."
The assistant boss is also not taking any chances against a lowly Macedonia.
"We have seen plenty of footage and had scouting reports and they have troubled the top teams, they have some good players and are a good team and we certainly won't underestimate them," he said. "We are delighted with the squad we have, it is more than strong enough to get a positive result out here."