Wales v Spain preview: Gareth Bale to miss out on international friendly
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Last Updated: 11/10/18 6:54pm
Gareth Bale will not feature for Wales on Thursday when they host Spain in an international friendly, live on Sky Sports.
But Wales boss Ryan Giggs is still hopeful that Bale will make the Nations League tie away to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, and predicted that he would be fit for Real's next game against Levante.
"Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won't be involved against Spain," Giggs said. "We don't want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game.
"He feels good but we have to weigh up the risk whether he can be part of the game on Tuesday."
Spain will be using Thursday's game - live on Sky Sports Football - as a warm-up for their Nations League encounter with England, having beaten World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in their previous outing.
"To score six goals against the World Cup finalists Croatia is something special and gives the chance for our lads to play against some of the best players in the world. We'll also try and give everyone minutes - being mindful of Tuesday."
Giggs could hand starts to some of the younger players in his side to build their experience, with an eye on the Nations League fixture against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.
Spain will be without some big names for the upcoming international fixtures, with Isco, Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Diego Costa all missing through injury.
Wales and Spain have met on five previous occasions, with Spain securing two victories to Wales' one (D2).
This will be the first time the two nations have met since April 1985, when Wales won 3-0 courtesy of an Ian Rush double and a goal from Mark Hughes.
Wales have scored 10 goals in five games under Ryan Giggs but they've failed to net in three of those matches.
Wales have won only one of their last 10 non-competitive matches (D3 L6), winning 6-0 vs China PR.
Spain have won 10 and lost none of their last 16 away matches (D6), scoring in 15 of those games.