Despite initially being called-up to the Wales team for their final qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the two World Cup qualifiers.

The 24-year-old has played just three games for Real Madrid since his world-record move from Tottenham Hotspur and is currently sidelined with a thigh injury.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that he expects Bale to use the next 15 days to recover from his latest injury and Coleman confirmed that the forward will not take the pitch for Wales.

"We have spoken to the doctor and we will be without him [Bale], but we said all along it is very tough for him to have had no pre-season and be thrown in at the deep end," said Coleman, according to the BBC.

In other squad news, West Ham United defender James Collins - who was criticised by Chris Coleman after the 3-0 defeat against Serbia in Cardiff on September 10th, when the Wales manager claimed that the centre back had rejected the chance to join the squad ahead of the game - has been left out.

The 30-year-old insisted he would never turn his country down, and that he had not received a message asking him to join up. But, despite the fitness doubts over Swansea centre back Ashley Williams, the manager has opted to omit the experienced defender for the last two Group A games.

There is a welcome return for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, who missed September's defeats to Macedonia and Serbia through injury, but Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams is absent.

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