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Wales’ World Cup Dream On the Line, But Gareth Bale Is Back

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Wales and Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale may have been taken off for injury on Friday night, but is now training ahead of their match with Croatia.

Bale, who has been in the best form of his career this season, was substituted during Wales’ 2-1 win away in Scotland on Friday night, having suffered both an ankle injury and stomach illness.

Wales’ Twitter feed posted a picture of their main man taking part in training, despite what many believed as an injury that would rule him out for Tuesday’s match vs. Croatia in Swansea.

Bale’s importance is not to be underestimated despite their two goals without him on Friday, as five of Wales’ eight goals under manager Chris Coleman have come from the winger.

Captain Ashley Williams said, “We showed we can cope without Gareth. He dug in at Hampden [Park] and gave it a go but you could see he wasn’t himself. He tried for 45 minutes but it wasn’t right. But after that we came through and no one can say we are a one-man team.”

But a big blow for the British side is the suspension of their vice-captain Aaron Ramsey. The Arsenal midfielder scored the first of Wales’ goals on Friday night from the penalty spot and is undoubtedly one of their finest talents in the emerging new hopes for the Welsh national squad.

A win for Wales would keep their long-shot dream of 2014 World Cup qualification alive. They sit 3rd in Group A behind Belgium and Croatia but a victory on Tuesday night would leave them just four points of a possible play-off position. But more importantly, Wales’ coefficient ranking will be boosted with each win, which will only help them for their Euro 2016 qualification process.

Stowe Gregory is a featured Soccer and Sports writer for Follow him or tweet on Twitter @stowegregory. Or add to circles on Google +