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Wales are 'in good shape' and can cope without Bale, says Coleman

The Wales manager remains upbeat heading into their final two qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland.

 Gareth Bale (file pic).
Gareth Bale (file pic).
Image: Ian Walton

WALES MANAGER CHRIS Coleman insists the World Cup hopefuls can deal with the loss of injured star Gareth Bale.

Coleman will be without Real Madrid forward Bale for Wales’ final two qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland due to a calf injury.

It is a blow for Wales, who are second in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and just a point clear of Ireland as they cling to a potential play-off berth.

Coleman, however, remains upbeat heading into Friday’s trip to Georgia.

“We are in good shape,” Coleman said. “It is all to play for.

“We have always been a little half a step behind, but we have injuries this campaign which we never had last campaign [for Euro 2016]. But you don’t get there with ones and twos, it is about everybody.

“This campaign we haven’t always had Bale, Aaron Ramsey or Joe Allen. They are obviously three super-special players and we haven’t always had them, but the lads who have come in have been absolutely magnificent.”

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