The news coming out of the Welsh team camp ahead of their friendly game against Luxembourg in Llanelli is that Gareth Bale has withdrawn from the squad.Should it be due to a recurrence of the knee complaint previously picked up whilst preparing for another Welsh friendly against Croatia on May the twenty third is still as yet unknown.
I assume John Toshack has contacted Tottenham where Gareth must now surely return for treatment,should it in fact be as a result of an injury,whether or not though he will be fit for the opener against Man City is yet to be disclosed.
This is yet another reason why these internationals should never have been given the go ahead three days before the start of the English premier league season,although on this we cannot lay the blame solely at the door of the English FA,as apparently FIFA were behind these dates being given to a host of other countries.Let us just hope that lessons have been learned here so that this mistake should never be again repeated.
On a positive note however,if there is one,this could be the chance Giovanni Dos Santos has been looking for as he can operate that left flank just as effectively as Gareth,and although the Machine will be missed immensely the presence of the diminutive Mexican should help ease the blow,provided of course he returns unharmed from his countries friendly against new world champions Spain.
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