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Gareth Bale will not start for Wales against Czech Republic

Funds from the Wales-Czech Republic friendly game will go towards the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Wales' midfielder Gareth Bale runs with the ball during the FIFA World Cup 2022 play-off semi-final qualifier football match between Wales and Austria at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on March 24, 2022. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP)

Gareth Bale will not start in Tuesday's friendly between Wales and the Czech Republic and may even be left out of the squad due to a groin problem.

The Welshman scored a brilliant brace in Wales' World Cup play-off semi-final win over Austria on Thursday. Wales manager Robert Page told Sky Sports on Monday that they will not take any risks with the Real Madrid forward and have yet to decide whether he will make the squad for the game.

Speaking about Bale and Aaron Ramsey, Page said: "They had a tough 95 minutes [against Austria]. We'll make that decision in the morning whether we involve them in the 23 or not. They're not going to start".

Ukraine-Scotland postponed

According to BBC Sport, funds from the game against the Czech Republic will go towards the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Because of Russia's invasion, Ukraine's semi-final play-off against Scotland has been postponed until June.

Wales will face the winner of that match in the play-off final, with a place at this winter's World Cup at stake.


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