Bale named in Wales’ 31-man squad for opening Euro 2020 qualifier

Gareth Bale named in Wales’ 31-man squad for opening Euro 2020 qualifier despite missing Real Madrid’s last game with ankle injury

  • Gareth Bale sat out Real Madrid’s win at Valladolid with ankle injury on Sunday
  • Regardless, he has been named in Wales’ 31-man squad for upcoming games
  • Wales face Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly before Slovakia in Euro 2020 qualifier
  • Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks has been called up by Ryan Giggs for first time

Gareth Bale has been named in a 31-man squad for Wales’ opening Euro 2020 qualifier despite missing Real Madrid’s last game.

Bale turned his ankle in the closing moments of Real’s Champions League defeat to Ajax and sat out the 4-1 La Liga win at Valladolid on Sunday.

Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks is called up for the first time as James Chester and Andy King miss out through injury.

Gareth Bale missed Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Valladolid on Sunday with an ankle injury

Gareth Bale missed Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Valladolid on Sunday with an ankle injury 

Despite that, Bale has been named in Ryan Giggs' Wales squad for two upcoming matches

Despite that, Bale has been named in Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for two upcoming matches

The full 31-man Wales squad, which includes Aaron Ramsey, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks

The full 31-man Wales squad, which includes Aaron Ramsey, Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks

Aston Villa defender Chester has not played since the end of January because of a knee problem, while Leicester midfielder King will not play again this season after damaging an ankle during a loan spell at Derby.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who will join Juventus in the summer, Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu and Bournemouth talent David Brooks are also in the Wales squad.

Ryan Giggs’ squad meet Trinidad & Tobago in a Wrexham friendly on March 20 before starting their Euro 2020 campaign against Slovakia in Cardiff four days later.

Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks has been called up to Wales' senior squad for the first time

Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks has been called up to Wales’ senior squad for the first time

Giggs is preparing his squad for a friendly in Wrexham before their first Euro 2020 qualifier

Giggs is preparing his squad for a friendly in Wrexham before their first Euro 2020 qualifier

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