Wales will not risk Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. That is the message that has been confirmed by the Welsh Football Association on Tuesday and will be music to the ears of Zinedine Zidane.
Bale strain keeps him out for Wales
The French coach left the Welshman out of Los Blancos' squad for the weekend game against Espanyol - one that produced the first home league win of the season at the fourth time of asking - as he did not want to take any chances with the "sprain" that had been picked up during the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. Rumours were rife that the rest was going to work out in his country's favour as they head into two crucial games.
The forward was in Cardiff to attend Monday’s annual FAW Awards dinner at the team headquarters and discussions between club and country, after results of a scan have led to the decision being made.
Wales face crunch World Cup qualifiers
Wales' World Cup qualification campaign has not gone as smoothly as they would have liked and manager Chris Coleman will have to make do without their talisman for the games against Gergio (Friday 6 October) and the Republic of Ireland (Monday 9 October). The team currently lie second in Group D, four points off leaders Serbia. With automatic qualification now looking unlikely, the battle appears to be between the Dragons and the Republic of Ireland, just one point behind, for the play-off place.