Bale Blow For Wales

The time is right for the great Irish Bale out

Serbia went down 3-2 to Austria to put their World Cup qualification in danger with one game to play.

GEORGIA coach Vladimir Weiss has warned Wales not to expect an easy World Cup ride in Tbilisi. We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us.

"We know what the Republic are good at", said Wales boss Coleman, who faced a hostile Irish press corps after his namesake was badly injured at the Aviva Stadium.

For Coleman, however, the tempestuous nature of that match seven months ago belongs to the past.

It was a poor miss and there were also occasions in the second half when Wales, retreating ever deeper and unable to keep the ball, were grateful for Georgia's profligacy in front of goal.

O'Neill will be keen to find out just how good his team are after a stunning qualifying campaign that has seen them win six of their eight games and concede only two goals, away to Germany last October. But what happened afterwards in terms of the media and the press conference, I can't control that. Without Bale, it is questionable whether they can do that.

"It's something we've got to deal with and all the players know what's needed".

'We got off to a good start in that campaign and by the time Italy came you couldn't get a ticket, everyone was riding the wave, ' says Gabbidon, who won 49 Wales caps. "I was definitely more effective in games in my late 20s even if I wasn't as quick". "We have players without a club or who don't play much and that is a huge problem". "Gareth has that ability to win a game on his own, producing that bit of magic".

Wales could still reach the play-offs with just four points - or in an extremely unlikely scenario, just three.

It will come as a huge blow for manager Chris Coleman with his side two matches away from qualifying for next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

The bad-tempered 0-0 draw with Ireland in March was overshadowed by the horrific injury suffered by Coleman, from which the Everton full-back is yet to recover, after a reckless challenge from Wales defender Neil Taylor. "There's no excuse, saying: 'But haven't we done so well, we're ranked here, we've been to a semi-final, so it's OK.' It's not OK".

Norwich star Weso added: "It goes down to the wire, the last game, if you said that before the group, we would have took it". That's down to the players' mentality as well.

'My family were there so I caught up with them afterwards and it was the best feeling.

Gordon Strachan's men have enjoyed a renaissance on the back of a great draw at home to England in June and that momentum and a vociferous Hampden Park crowd can carry them to a third win on the bounce.

"Gareth will be there".

I am delighted for Tom. "I never demanded them to come".

But Coleman said Wales will play their normal game and go out to win the match.

"Monday will be a battle and they will fight hard, it is always the same in these games".