Bale makes Wales squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers despite Real Madrid absence

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 final two Euro 2020 qualifiers

Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for their final two Euro 2020 qualifiers despite still being out of action for Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old winger in the Spanish capital prefers to practice alone, but Ryan Giggs is preparing to play on his fitness for the make-or-break games against Azerbaijan and Hungary this month.

Bale has not played a minute for Madrid since limping through the final stages of Wales’ 1-1 draw against Croatia on October 13.

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Giggs said the suspected calf problem appeared to be cramp but Madrid have not confirmed the exact nature of the issue.

Wales are likely to need a maximum six points to have any chance of pipping Hungary, their opponents in Cardiff on November 19, to the second qualifying spot in Group E.

Up first is a trip to Baku to face bottom-placed Azerbaijan on November 16.

Aaron Ramsey could make his first appearance of the qualification campaign in that match after recently overcoming a thigh injury.

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The midfielder appeared off the bench in a 1-0 win for Juventus over Torino on Saturday.

Below is full Wales squad:

Joe Morrell, Aaron Ramsey, Matthew Smith, Will Vaulks, Adam Davies, Wayne Hennessy, Danny Ward; Ben Davies, Chris Gunter, Tom Lockyer, Chris Mepham, James Lawrence, Regan Poole, Connor Roberts, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams; Joe Allen, Ethan Ampadu, Dylan Levitt, Gareth Bale, Daniel James, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo, Kieffer Moore, Tyler Roberts, Sam Vokes, Harry Wilson.

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