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Irish & Welsh Fans React To The News Gareth Bale Could Miss Vital Qualifier

Irish & Welsh Fans React To The News Gareth Bale Could Miss Vital Qualifier
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Fans of both the Republic of Ireland and Wales have had their emotions toyed with a bit this Thursday afternoon, as mixed reports have emerged about an ankle injury that will sideline the Real Madrid star for the start of 2017.

The Republic of Ireland play Wales on March 23rd in Dublin's Aviva Stadium, and it will be an absolutely massive game for both sides as if either can manage to claim a win they will take a massive stride towards automatic qualification.

With Sky Sports initially reporting he would be out for two to three months, it looked as though the outstanding Bale was set to be fit right in time to play in that match, but reports have emerged later in the day that suggest he could miss the game as treatment on the injury could take up to four months.

After that update from the BBC, fans of both Ireland and Wales took to social media to pray... For very different reasons.

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Many Irish fans are refusing to get their hopes up and fully expect the Real Madrid superstar to line out in March, while others are crossing their fingers and hoping it comes just too soon for him.

But over in Wales, there is major concern that Gareth Bale won't make it amongst the supporters.

We won't get a real idea as to how likely he is to be fit in time until around February of next year, and who knows what other injuries may or may not pop up in that time.

It's too far away to be worrying about 'touch-and-go fitness'... But it's Gareth Bale. There is no denying that his absence would be a genuine gamechanger in approach from both sides. We're just going to have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: Gareth Bale Reportedly Out For Four Months, It's Four Months Until Ireland Vs Wales


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