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Chris Coleman rejects Madrid's claims: "Bale didn't train with Wales"

The Wales coach gave a very difference version to the one Real Madrid told AS. "He turned up with us Sunday night and felt discomfort to his calf".

Chris Coleman rejects Madrid's claims: "Bale didn't train with Wales"

Wales coach Chris Coleman gave an update on Gareth Bale's situation in this evening's press conference as his side prepare for tomorrow's meeting with Georgia. Coleman said that even though the Real Madrid forward is with the national team, he is not fit to feature in either of the team's games during this international break - the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Georgia in Tblisi tomorrow, and the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday.

Wales manager Chris Coleman in Tbilisi today
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Wales manager Chris Coleman in Tbilisi todayPETER CZIBORRAAction Images via Reuters

Coleman says Bale could be out for two or three weeks

"Regarding what has been written and said... He arrived at 8:30 on Sunday night and felt discomfort to his calf and we immediately scanned him on Monday morning. No ha estado entrenándose en el césped ni en las instalaciones. He's not been training out on the grass or even a cool-down session. He said he had discomfort, so we decided not to take any chances - unfortunately there's a bit of damage It's untrue that he trained, we wouldn't take a chance. We've been here before, it's not like we've never played without him", Coleman explained. "It could keep him out a week, two weeks, three weeks, we don't know, we will have to see how it calms down. He's a Real Madrid player so they'll look after him. We're disappointed but it can't be helped".

Coleman's comments are in contrast to what Real Madrid souces told AS. According to the club Bale picked up the injury whilst training with Wales but that has been categorically denied by the national team who say the player arrived already carrying the injury.

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