Forward Gareth Bale has been named in Wales’ squad for their decisive Euro 2020 qualifiers, despite not playing for Real Madrid since his country’s 1-1 draw with Croatia last month. Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also included after missing October’s internationals with injury.
Wales need to win in Azerbaijan on 16 November and then beat Hungary at home to have any chance of qualifying. They also rely on Slovakia dropping points in their remaining two matches. Bale finished the 13 October game against Croatia in Cardiff limping, and was said by Wales manager Ryan Giggs to be suffering from cramp. However, the 30-year-old has not been named in any Real Madrid squad since returning to Spain.
Zinedine Zidane, the La Liga giants’ boss, said last week that Bale is “back out on the pitch working to get fit again”, but has not specified what his injury is. Giggs said he was in “constant contact” with Bale who told him he was confident of being fit in time to play for Wales.