Wales striker Tom Lawrence remains calm despite Gareth Bale´s injury

Gareth Bale

Bale limped off late on in last week's Champions League 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund and has not taken a full part in Real training since.

However, the former world's most expensive player faces a race to be fit in time for that return fixture and could even be a doubt for any World Cup qualifying playoff Wales may find themselves in.

With Coleman expected to task Liverpool's Ben Woodburn with the job of replacing the Real Madrid forward, Brooks could emerge as the 47-year-old's first-choice option from the bench should Wales need to bolster their attack during a match which could decide whether they qualify for Russian Federation 2018. Tom Bradshaw, the Barnsley striker, is his replacement in the squad.

Real Madrid star Bale delivered a blow to Wales' World Cup qualification hopes when he was ruled out of the deciding games against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday morning.

"He could have played with us [against Espanyol] but I preferred to leave him out as he had a small complaint", Zidane said on Sunday. Serbia are favourites to win the group, as they lead Wales by four points.

Gareth Bale doubtful for Real Madrid and Wales with calf injury
"We will see [how he is] on Sunday", said Zidane. "We have to prove ourselves again every day". Quique Sanchez Flores: "This is the kind of game where you can never become complacent".

The 28-year-old has made 61 consecutive appearances and his success brings to an end Gareth Bale's domination of the award.

After a sensational season in which he netted winners in the Copa del Rey and Champions League final victories, he began missing more and more games.

Edwards, a 10-year veteran in a Wales shirt, scored the victor in that game and says the quality in the squad is much better now.

Liverpool teenager Woodburn was named young player of the year after his dramatic World Cup introduction last month.

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