World Cup - 'Injured' Bale named in Wales squad to face Ireland

Gareth Bale has been named in the Wales squad for next week's friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff.

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World Cup - 'Injured' Bale named in Wales squad to face Ireland
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Gareth Bale is battling to overcome a niggling injury

The Tottenham winger is currently the subject of intense speculation surrounding a possible big-money move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, and has also been battling to overcome a niggling injury.

Wales manager Chris Coleman's 23-man squad also includes Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy and Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Hennessey missed the majority of last season after twice suffering cruciate knee ligament injuries.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers/ENG)

Defenders: Ben Davies (Swansea City), James Collins (West Ham United/ENG), Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace/ENG), Chris Gunter (Reading/ENG), Adam Matthews (Celtic/SCO), Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool/ENG), Jack Collison (West Ham United/ENG), Andy King (Leicester City/ENG), Joe Ledley (Celtic/SCO), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal/ENG), David Vaughan (Sunderland/ENG), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace/ENG)

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Simon Church (Charlton Athletic/ENG), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading/ENG), Sam Vokes (Burnley/ENG)

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