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Chris Coleman rejects Madrid's claims: "Bale didn't train with Wales"

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The time is right for the great Irish Bale out

Gareth Bale's injury means he could well feature again in Georgia today (5pm) and when the Republic of Ireland visit Cardiff on Monday, as Wales bid to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Georgia remain without a win in the group and coach Vladimir Weiss said injuries had taken its toll on his young side.

Meanwhile, England have run away with Group F and their old enemies Scotland will be hoping they can do them a favour with a home win over Slovenia.

Ashley Williams, who has endured a hard time at club level with Everton, was a huge presence in central defence.

"I love playing golf", Bale told English newspaper The Daily Express in 2015.

If only Bale was as reliable as Gunter, who has remarkably played in his country's last 56 matches and is preparing for his 82nd cap.

Manager Michael O'Neill deserves a medal for the way he has moulded his side into a formidable outfit who are on the cusp of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.

The Red Dragons started the game really well and had a clear cut chance less than three minutes in when Lawrence threaded a ball through for Ramsey down the middle, but he skewed his shot wide of the right post with the outside of his right boot.

Coleman was understandably delighted with the result but especially pleased for Lawrence.

"Tom has been around a while and we don't look at him as a lad any more", said Williams.

"We go to Wales full of confidence and we've got to be ruthless, we've got to win". He comes off again and Ben goes on and sets up the goal. Tonight it was all about Tom.

Lawrence scored his first Wales goal with a fierce strike after half-time, and Coleman praised his defensive work as well as his attacking threat.

Turning into space 30 metres out he advanced before firing a powerful drive across Georgia keeper Giorgi Loria.

"We're just going to go with our game-plan and make sure we're 100% focused on doing what we're good at".

"Let's get one thing straight".

What's more, they are low-scoring without him - only six goals in those 10 Bale-less matches. "We've got to come out on top all over the pitch and I think, if we do that, we'll win".

REIGNING world champions Germany visit Belfast tomorrow night and in many respects Northern Ireland can treat this as a glamorous exhibition game. "But it will be a great occasion and hopefully we can do it with one last push".

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