Wales manager Chris Coleman

The time is right for the great Irish Bale out

Georgia recorded three successive victories over Wales before the 1-1 friendly draw in Cardiff previous year.

Gareth Southgate could use the Three Lions' final group game as an opportunity to experiment. After that, the Dragons had to wait 13 years to score their first goal against Georgia, who ran out 2-1 winners in an August 2008 friendly in Cardiff.

Wales coach Chris Coleman gave an update on Gareth Bale's situation in this evening's press conference as his side prepare for tomorrow's meeting with Georgia.

Bale, who joined the national team camp on Monday, did not play against Espanyol in a La Liga match due to an injury he sustained against Borussia Dortmund in a UEFA Champions League match. Bale is only two goals short of equalling Ian Rush's goalscoring record for Wales (28) - he'll have to put off that particular mission until the next worldwide break.

Georgia had most of the second-half possession, but it was Wales who were creating more - Lawrence and Ramsey combining again before the Arsenal midfielder forced Loria into an unconvincing save.

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.

Wales players and manager Chris Coleman wave to fans on a open top bus during the homecoming celebrations in Cardiff City centre.

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Four points might well secure second in the group, but that would leave Ireland in real danger of being the worst runner-up across Europe and on the outside looking in when the play-off draw is made.

Georgia are second-bottom of Group D and are winless in their eight matches, but they are a tough nut to crack and five of the eight have ended all-square.

Ramsey is one of seven Wales players on a yellow card, which is far from ideal given Wales are in a position where they can ill-afford to lose anyone to suspension for the Ireland game. That solitary victory came in the form of a 1-0 home win over Belarus in September 2012.

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

Finally, I picked the wrong centre-back when I chose Clark for the first goal in Georgia last month and Duffy popped up to put his side ahead early on.

There were nerves at the end as Georgia pressed for an equaliser - their best chance coming when a superb pass sliced open the Welsh defence to leave Otar Kakabadze in the clear but he elected to cross rather than shoot and wasted the chance.

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