Gareth Bale to miss Mexico v Wales friendly

Gareth Bale and Joe Allen against Ireland in March 2017

Friendly international: Mexico v Wales
Venue: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California Date: Tuesday, 29 May Kick-off: 02:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Wales will be without Joe Allen and Gareth Bale for their friendly against Mexico in the United States on 29 May.

Ben Woodburn misses out as Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev three days before Wales play.

Wales will also be without Aston Villa pair James Chester[1] and Neil Taylor as they prepare for the Championship play-off final against Fulham.

But Aaron Ramsey, Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu all return to the squad.

A total of eight uncapped players will travel to California for the Mexico friendly; George Thomas, Matthew Smith, Cameron Coke, Luke Pilling and Regan Poole all being called up for the first time.

Giggs said he spoke Bale and Woodburn about the Mexico game clashing with their Champions League final at the China Cup[2] in March.

“I want the best players, obviously, to be with us. But I also want players to experience Champions League finals,” said the manager.

“Obviously Gareth’s done it before – but of course you want to see your players do well.

“On the downside, you won’t be able to perhaps use them during the trip so it’s a difficult one for me as a manager, but then it also gives an opportunity for other players.”

Meanwhile, striker Simon Church has been forced to retire[3] because of a hip injury.


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  2. ^ the China Cup (
  3. ^ forced to retire (

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