Injured Bale Out Of Wales World Cup Qualifiers

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That means Wales are battling it out with the Republic of Ireland, who they host in Cardiff next Monday, for second spot which will likely see them go into a playoff for a spot at the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation. At present, they are behind Serbia by four points and have just a one-point lead over Republic of Ireland.

The entire 30-man Ireland squad are due to train this morning with O'Neill hopeful that James McCarthy, Harry Arter and David McGoldrick can shake off problems ahead of Friday's clash with Moldova.

But Derby striker Lawrence, who is now expected to carry more of an attacking burden in the last two matches, believes Wales have shown they can prosper without Bale.

Despite the strength in depth in Chris Coleman's current squad, Tom Lawrence admits it is hard to replace someone of Bale's calibre - but says that Wales can still qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation without him.

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The event is among the most well-attended on the calendar, with some 135,000 spectators turning up on race day past year , second only to Silverstone's 139,000.

Only the group winners are guaranteed a place at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

The Dragons have won only eight of the 33 games Bale has missed since making his debut in 2006, while Wales have won none of the last 10 when the 28-year-old forward has been absent.

"He could have played with us [against Espanyol], but I preferred to leave him out as he had a small complaint", per BBC Sport.

It is being reported that in his absence, the 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, who plays for Liverpool, could make his first start for Wales. Moreover, because UEFA only grants playoff spots to 8 of the 9 group runners up, they will likely need to win both remaining matches to ensure a playoff spot.

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