Gareth Bale: Tottenham forward 'concerned' after embrace with club team-mate Matt Doherty

Republic of Ireland duo Matt Doherty and James McClean tested positive for coronavirus following Wales' 1-0 victory on Sunday; Wales are set to play a Nations League promotion decider against Finland on Wednesday; Spurs host Man City on Saturday, live on Sky Sports

Gareth Bale embraces Matt Doherty 0:44
Wales forward Gareth Bale says he was a 'bit wary' after finding out Matt Doherty had tested positive for coronavirus

Wales captain Gareth Bale has admitted he was left "concerned" after Republic of Ireland defender - and his Tottenham team-mate - Matt Doherty tested positive for coronavirus following Sunday's match between the teams.

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean also tested positive along with Doherty, who Bale was pictured hugging at the end of the match, but every player in Wales' squad has since returned a negative coronavirus test.

Following those clear results, Wales' Nations League promotion decider against Finland is set to go ahead in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Live UEFA Nations League

"It's a slight concern for everybody when you've been playing someone and you're in close contact with them on the field," Bale said.

"Maybe you're not long enough with them to catch it, but you're a bit wary.

"It's good news that everyone's come back and tested negative and now we can just concentrate on the game on Wednesday."

Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty
Image: Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty are team-mates at Tottenham

Bale said that he and Tottenham - and Wales - team-mate Ben Davies have spoken to Doherty since his positive test.

Also See:

"Me and Ben have spoke to him briefly and he's doing fine, he's just got mild symptoms," Bale said.

"Hopefully he recovers fine, doesn't have any problems and will be back playing as soon as possible.

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean
Image: Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean also tested positive for coronavirus
Sky Sports Scores

Sky Sports Scores

Faster goal updates. Hundreds of teams and leagues. Free Premier League, EFL and Scottish highlights. Download the app now.

"The FAW are doing a fantastic job keeping to all the protocols. They are making sure we are doing everything right in the hotel and no one is doing anything wrong in training.

"They've done fantastic with that and we're obviously glad that none of us have tested positive."

Live Premier League

Wales caretaker boss Robert Page insisted he is confident in the testing procedures his side have in place.

"Some associations will use different testing companies," Page said.

Wales assistant boss Rob Page at training
0:51
Caretaker manager Robert Page says every Wales player has returned a negative Covid-19 test ahead of the Nations League promotion decider against Finland

"All I can speak for is ourselves, I can't speak for Ireland. But we feel what we have done is good planning.

"Of course there's going to be contact on the pitch. We've watched the game back and it's hard to determine how long you've got to be in close contact for as well.

"If there's absolutely any risk we will not take the chance. But our medical protocols have been second to none and we've had consistent negative tests so that goes to show we're doing something right."

Tottenham will be without Doherty for Saturday's match against Manchester City, which is live on Sky Sports.

Win £250,000 for free on Saturday!

Win £250,000 for free on Saturday!

Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 in Saturday's Super 6 round. Play for free, entries by 3pm.

Around Sky