Georgia vs Wales World Cup Qualifying UEFA

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Abuja, Oct. 3, 2017 (Reuters/NAN) Wales forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of their crucial last two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland due to a calf injury.

Chris Coleman's side now sit second in Group D and will have to hold onto that place if they are to have any hope of making it to the World Cup finals. They could yet finish in top spot, but the fact that Serbia - requiring just three more points to win the group -host Georgia next week makes that unlikely.

THE Republic of Ireland's flagging World Cup qualification campaign was given a real shot in the arm yesterday with a promising injury update.

The Republic maintained their hopes with a 2-0 win over Moldova in Dublin.

Daryl Murphy was the hero on the night by bagging a brace as the Irish sit in third spot, one point behind second place Wales. "He is obviously an important player for them but we are missing Seamus Coleman and Jon Walters", Keane said on Tuesday.

"We always seem to play other countries who are involved and celebrating - but we welcome the pressure".

Wales' win in Georgia - their first in five attempts against those opponents - was their first since 2013 without their talisman, Gareth Bale. He said he had discomfort, so we decided not to take any chances - unfortunately there's a bit of damage It's untrue that he trained, we wouldn't take a chance.

Gareth Southgate could use the Three Lions' final group game as an opportunity to experiment. "You never know if he has looked good in training, but he is still an impact player for me, so I can't see Chris Coleman trying to use him as a like-for-like replacement". "He did it exceptionally well and I thought his all round performance was fantastic".

"Then we went to Moldova and Tom did a job for us there". Wales have been low-scoring in this campaign anyway - their last six games have had under 2.5 goals - and six of their last 10 matches without Bale have had unders.

"All we can do is work hard and take care of our business", Coleman added.

Coleman said: "We were composed when we needed to be".

"The Whites continued training without the 14 players who are away on global duty", the statement read.

"It's always tough to come here, but it's all about the points and about the win".