Gareth Bale In Wales Euro 2016 Qualifiers Squad After Injury
Gareth Bale has been named in the Wales squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra later this month.
The 26-year-old forward has missed Real Madrid’s last three games with a calf injury but is set to return for the La Liga derby against Atletico on Sunday.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen and Crystal Palace’s Joe Ledley are included having recovered from injury.
Chris Coleman’s team need one point to qualify for the finals in France.
Wales face Bosnia in Zenica on Saturday, 10 October and host Andorra in Cardiff on the following Tuesday.
Coleman said the medical feedback from Real Madrid on Bale had been ”all positive.”
The Wales manager made it clear he will not be tempted to hold back 52-times capped Bale for the home match against minnows Andorra, who have yet to score a point in the qualification section.
“I don’t even think about Andorra, I thinka bout getting a result in Bosnia. To do that w need our strongest team on the pitch and, of course, he is right in the middle of that,” Coleman said.
”If he is with us I will be looking for him to start against Bosnia and hopefully that is on the back of him getting some minutes in the derby.”
Allen and Ledley return after injury
Allen returns to the squad after missing September’s win in Cyprus and goalless draw at home to Israel with a hamstring injury.
Crystal Palace pair Ledley and Jonathan Williams, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, are also back from injury.
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder David Edwards is included after initially being ruled out of both games with a knee injury.
Wigan midfielder Emyr Huws, on loan at Huddersfield, returns to the squad after scoring four goals in his last three games for the Terriers.
Huws has not featured for Wales since the 0-0 draw against Belgium in Brussels last November because of an ankle injury.
‘We are all in it together’
Coleman praised the Welsh rugby team for their World Cup win over England at Twickenham and said the Welsh nation were united in their desire to see their sporting competitors do well.
“Whether it is rugby, hockey, athletics – if you are Welsh and you are competing, then we are all in it together,” Coleman said
”I want to see any Welshman or woman succeed in whatever sport they are doing.”
Wales squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Daniel Ward, Owain Fôn Williams.
Defenders: Ashley Williams, Ben Davies, James Chester, James Collins, Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Ashley Richards, Adam Henley.
Midfielders: Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, David Edwards, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Emyr Huws, Jonathan Williams, David Vaughan.
Forwards: Hal Robson-Kanu, Simon Church, David Cotterill, Tom Lawrence, Sam Vokes, Gareth Bale.