Wales caretaker manager Robert Page says Gareth Bale is as fit as he has seen him ahead of the Nations League game against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Sunday.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had expressed concerns over Bale’s potential workload during the international break, with Spurs having worked hard to get him back to match fitness after he arrived on loan from Real Madrid in September.
The Wales forward did not feature in Thursday night’s 0-0 draw against USA in their international friendly but he is expected to be called into action over the coming days.
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Page, who is standing in for Ryan Giggs, would not be drawn on whether Bale would feature against Ireland and Finland on Wednesday – both games in Cardiff are live on Sky Sports – but insisted he is in top shape.
“He’s been brilliant all week,” Page said of Bale.
“He’s probably the fittest I’ve seen him since I’ve been involved with Ryan and the first team. He’s looking in great shape.”
As for the prospect of Bale starting both games, Page added: “The most important game for us is tomorrow and we can only take one game at a time.
“It’s full focus on the Republic of Ireland and we can’t even look forward to Finland.
“We’ve all got a job to do and win games of football. Of course, we’re sympathetic to the club managers and the demands put on them with the current situation with Covid.
“I’ve been a club manager myself and know the demands and, from a selfish point of view, you want your players to be fit every week.
“No different from us when we’re in camp and we’ve got two big games.”
Group B4 leaders Wales are one point ahead of second-placed Finland – who play away to Bulgaria on Sunday – going into their respective matches before they go head-to-head at the Cardiff City Stadium in midweek as they bid to secure promotion to League A.
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