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Gareth Bale unlikely to be fit for Macedonia showdown

Bale may not be fully fit ahead of Wales's World Cup clash (©GettyImages)
Bale may not be fully fit ahead of Wales's World Cup clash (©GettyImages).

Welsh International Ashley Williams has praised team mate Gareth Bale - but the Swansea defender is not sure however if Bale will be fit enough to play in tonight's World Cup qualifying clash against Macedonia.

Following Bale's world record breaking switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid, all eyes will be on the Welsh winger ahead of tonight's game. Bale will be the Wales sides' main danger man if he is considered to start but it is undecided if he is fit enough ahead of tonight's match.

"We haven't spoken about our starting XI yet so I don't know what the gaffer's going to do, but I don't think he's match fit," Williams told Sky Sports News.

"He seems good in training. He has taken part in all the sessions and from what I can see he looks, good, but I'm guessing he needs a bit more match fitness.

The Welsh international revealed that the record breaking summer transfer has not changed despite his move.

"He has looked the same old Gareth and we are happy to have him."

The Swansea City centre-back then went on to admit that the most expensive player in the world is no longer a secret weapon.

He said: "He's the most expensive player and we're lucky that we've got him and he plays for us, but if they didn't know about him before they definitely do now."

Wales manager Chris Coleman says his Wales side face two "huge" World Cup qualifiers and believes six points are crucial to their Euro 2016 prospects.

Coleman's side will face Macedonia tonight and then play against Serbia on Tuesday. If the new Real Madrid signing is deemed fit to play it will be a huge boost for his national team.

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