Gareth Bale will not start against Serbia, says Coleman

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World record Welshman Gareth Bale will not start the World Cup qualifying encounter with Serbia on Tuesday, coach Chris Coleman has confirmed.

The £86m man is yet to feature this season as he recovers from a groin injury, and was an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat away to Macedonia on Friday, with Coleman declaring he never intended to use the winger.

As well as this, in a press conference ahead of the midweek clash in Cardiff the Wales coach declared that Bale will yet again not be in the starting 11, as they wait for the results of a scan on the player's injured leg.

Coleman said: "I never once said that Gareth Bale would play; what I said was that if there's any chance he can play, he'll play a part.

"We can't alter the fact that the pitch wasn't great and he just feels something in his groin - a strain. He came to see me on Friday morning and said something didn't feel right.

"I stuck him on the bench for obvious reasons: I didn't want their manager getting a boost before the game of Gareth Bale not being fit."

Wales currently lie second bottom of Group A after their hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup have faded following only two wins from seven matches so farm, with only Scotland preventing them propping up the group.

Bale has not played since July and despite training with the national team on several occasions, Coleman has decided against using the nation's star man, fearing an injury that could put his Real Madrid debut on hold.

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