With a big summer upcoming for Wales at the UEFA European Championship, the nation’s biggest star has been left off their roster for two upcoming friendlies.
Manager Chris Coleman has opted to rest Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale for the team’s matches against Northern Ireland and Ukraine.
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Wales will host No. Ireland on March 24, before heading to Ukraine four days later.
“It was a joint decision and Real Madrid have been absolutely first class,” said Coleman. “Both parties think it is best that he stays where he is. He will benefit from that between now and the end of the season. Since he has been at Real Madrid, what has he scored – seven goals in 10 games? It has been his best form for us.”
In addition to Bale’s absence, Wales will also be without Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The 25-year old is currently nursing a calf injury, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes the the Welshman could make his Premier League return after the international break.
Here’s the full rundown of Wales’ squad ahead of their upcoming friendlies:
Defenders: James Chester (West Brom), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Chris Gunter (Reading), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Adam Matthews (Bristol City), Jazz Richards (Fulham), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Birmingham City), Andrew Crofts (Brighton), Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley), Emyr Huws (Huddersfield), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Jonathan Williams (MK Dons).