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Gareth Bale’s vow to Welsh team-mates to be fit for play-offs after new injury

Bale returned from a hamstring tear to play for Wales against Belarus earlier this month but only lasted a half and has returned to Real Madrid with a calf injury

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Gareth Bale has vowed to team-mates that he will be fully fit for Wales’ World Cup play-off next March ahead of Friday’s draw.

But the star faces more time on the sidelines in Spain where he is not due back until mid-December from a calf injury.

Bale has only played three games for Real Madrid this season but has made four appearances for Wales.

His latest international game, to win his 100th cap, saw him only last 45 minutes against Belarus on November 13.

It was his comeback after a hamstring tear in September sustained in training with Madrid.

His latest injury was picked up in the vital 5-1 win over Belarus which helped Wales secure a home World Cup play-off semi-final in March.

Gareth Bale was insulted by a small group of Real Madrid fans on his return from international duty

The ace, 32, whose Madrid contract is up next summer, is back in Spain working on his rehabilitation.

News of his fresh injury has upset Real and some of their fans, who abused Bale as he left the club’s HQ in his car last week.

But Bale has reassured Wales team-mates he will be fully fit for the play-offs ahead of Friday’s draw to determine their opponents.

Bale, who earns £600,000-a-week, has not played for Madrid since August 28.

By the time he is likely to be available again, it will be nearly four months since Bale played his last game for Real.

Wales have not played in a World Cup since 1958 and Bale spoke earlier this month about his passion for his country.

Bale said: “Coming away with Wales is a highlight of my year and my season. I love being with the boys, the staff and playing in front of our fans. When I play I try my best for the fans and country. It is how it is in Wales.

“We love our country and playing for Wales and know what it means to everyone involved. I think that is why everyone is so passionate when they put on a Wales shirt.

Gareth Bale smiles in Cardiff after winning his 100th Wales cap



“It’s my country, it’s my place of birth, it’s where I’ve grown up. You have that special connection. Wales has that extra special thing – we have that connection with the fans.

“We were all fans growing up. We always loved to go to watch Wales and wanted them to do well. When a fan plays for your own national team you kind of bring that passion with you.

“It is such a special bond between the players, the staff and the fans. I’m very proud and honoured to be a Welshman.”

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