In a massive blow to Wales' chances of challenging England for three points in Saturday’s European qualifier, Gareth Bale has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
The Tottenham left-winger has emerged as a quality player this season. His skills were showcased during UEFA Champions League group stages, with two sterling performances against the current champions, Inter Milan.
Bale will make his way back to London today where he will be assessed by the Spurs' medical team. Results will determine if he will be available to feature in their April 2 league match at Wigan and the crucial Champions League quarterfinal match with Real Madrid.
Early inclinations suggest these games will not be a problem for the Welshman. His national side have their hopes pinned on him being a threat to their English rivals.
Gary Speed, Wales manager, is due to make an announcement later in the day confirming the absence of Bale. This was revealed earlier this morning by Wales’ assistant manager, Raymond Verheijen, when he posted this update on his twitter account:
"This morning there will be an official statement by Gary Speed about the situation with Gareth Bale."
Bale will be disappointed with the injury, as the young man was looking forward to going on the attack against the English defence. The Spurs man claimed earlier in the week, that this Wales side under Gary Speed have the best chance of qualifying for a major tournament—a feat the nation has yet to have success in.
"I think we have got every chance. We have got great young players and a good mix of experience and youth.
"We are not going to go into the game trying to defend. We are going to give it our best shot and we have nothing to lose," said Bale.