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Bale not fit for qualifiers, admits Coleman

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Wales coach Chris Coleman has admitted that Gareth Bale will be unable to play 90 minutes in either of his side's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia or Serbia.

Bale has yet to feature in a competitive match this season after a protracted move to Real Madrid went all the way to deadline day, with Tottenham Hotspur finally agreeing to let the winger seal an £85million switch to La Liga last weekend.

The 24-year-old made just one appearance for Spurs early in pre-season at Swindon Town, with Coleman conceding he will be forced to use Bale sparingly in both qualifiers, vowing to ignore pressure from fans to see the new 'Galactico' in action.

He told Sky Sports News: "If he is not ready we will not risk him, regardless of whether it is a world record fee. We are aware a lot of people will want to see him play in the home game against Serbia.

"But he has no chance of playing 90 minutes on Friday or on Tuesday. He has not done much work in the last six weeks or two months. His last training session was with us before the Republic of Ireland game [in early August]

"But he is here, he will train with us and we will assess him. For him to start on Friday would be a doubt, but that does not mean he cannot play a part."

Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes to have Bale available to make his debut in Spain next weekend, against a Villareal side who have taken maximum points from their first three games in La Liga.

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