Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales' final World Cup 2018 qualifying fixtures

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Wales drew 1-1 away to group leaders Serbia in June when Bale was suspended and Lawrence said: "He's a big loss, but that doesn't faze us".

The Real Madrid forward will not take part in the upcoming matches against Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday nor three days after against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, reports Efe.

Bale's fitness has been a source of concern for Wales since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

Despite the strength in depth in Chris Coleman's current squad, Tom Lawrence admits it is hard to replace someone of Bale's calibre - but says that Wales can still qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation without him.

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So Ireland should be looking to win both games regardless of Wales' result in Georgia but that has gotten more realistic with Bale's injury.

Bale could be out for a month and that would also rule the 28-year-old out of the play-offs in early November, should Wales reach them.

He reported for worldwide duty with the rest of the squad on Monday, and took part in a light training session with the players who featured in the Premier League on Sunday.

Despite Bale's absence, Bradshaw could well be kept out of the starting line-up by Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn.

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Two wins from their remaining two games would be good enough for Wales to secure a spot in the playoffs.

However, with Bale out it is unlikely that Coleman would bring in two new wingers alongside Aaron Ramsey.

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