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Wales' Gareth Bale to miss Croatia friendly

Gareth Bale has been in fine form for Tottenham this season
Gareth Bale has been in fine form for Tottenham this season

Wales boss John Toshack's preparations for the 23 May friendly in Croatia have been further disrupted by news of an injury to Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

Wales are already without long-term injuries Aaron Ramsey and Jack Collison, while Joe Allen is out and Craig Bellamy likely to be unavailable.

"We've had another, Gareth Bale has pulled out this morning," Toshack said.

"We've been in touch with Tottenham and he needs to have some treatment to a knee injury."

Wales captain Bellamy is expected to miss the trip to Osijek as he will be visiting his footballing foundation in Sierra Leone.

The Championship play-off final at Wembley the day before the Croatia match will also thin Wales' ranks further, as several Wales internationals are likely to be involved.

Cardiff City have Joe Ledley, Adam Matthews and Darcy Blake in their ranks, while their opponents Leicester have the in-form Andy King.

Croatia are a decent side and it will be a tough test for us

Wales boss John Toshack

Rob Earnshaw and Chris Gunter feature for Nottingham Forest, whose play-off opponents Blackpool have Neal Eardley, David Vaughan and Rob Edwards in their ranks.

"It's a difficult date this one," Toshack admitted. "Three weeks, four weeks after the season finishes for some of the players.

"But we have to just get on with it, we've got the excitement of the European Championships starting in September.

"We only have two friendly matches now before that - Croatia away and then we play Luxembourg at home in August.

"We'll hopefully get some benefit from it. Croatia are a decent side and it will be a tough test for us."

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Bale signs new Tottenham contract
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Collison ruled out until new year
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Wales' Allen to miss Croatia game
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Bellamy doubt for Wales friendly
05 May 10 |  Welsh
Blake hopes to delay Wales debut
06 May 10 |  Cardiff
Wales v Croatia venue announced
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