In what will be a big sigh of relief to the nation of Wales and also national team manager Chris Coleman, Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Gareth Bale is due to return to training this week.
After limping off with a calf injury in a Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on the 16th September, it was expected that the Welshman was in a race against time in order to be fit for Wales’ crucial European Championship qualifying matches against Bosnia Herzegovina and Andorra.
With Real Madrid facing an important fixture against city rivals Atletico Madrid a week before the tie against Bosnia Herzegovina, Rafa Benitez was optimistic in his assessment of injured stars Bale and James Rodriquez.
“I am very cautious, but they are recovering well. Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez will re-join the team next week.” stated Spaniard Benitez. He also went further in his optimism that both could even feature on Wednesday against Malmo: “If the injured players continue to do well , they could face Atletico Madrid or even Malmo on Wednesday.”
The news about their star player will certainly be of grand music to Welsh fans ears, with their team so far relying heavily on the heroics of Bale, who has scored six of their nine goals, to leave them top of their qualifying group and just a point away from reaching the finals in France.
After missing the chance to secure qualification with a goalless draw at home to Israel, Wales will be eager to get the job done at the next possible opportunity to avoid any possibility of any major upset at home to minnows Andorra in their final fixture. With a fully fit Gareth Bale, the Welsh will be mightily optimistic that they can get the job done as soon as possible and commence with celebrations of qualifying for a first major championship in over 50 years.