Gareth Bale unlikely to face Ireland, says Ryan Giggs

Joe Allen called Bale a talisman for Wales

Wales were without injured Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, although he watched from the stands and was honoured on the pitch at half-time for becoming his country's record scorer last March when he overtook Ian Rush's tally of 28 goals.

Speaking on Ellis James' Feast of Football podcast, he said: "If I drive past the Principality it obviously brings back memories of playing there, and I just think that's where the national team should be".

Spain under Luis Enrique, who took over the national team following La Roja's round-of-16 shootout defeat to Russian Federation at the World Cup, has looked impressive with a 2-1 win away to England and a 6-0 rout of Croatia in the UEFA Nations League.

"It is very unlikely at this point", Giggs told Sky Sports about Bale's availability after the Spain defeat.

"It's nothing serious but the closer we get to the game, we will have to make a decision".

Paco Alcacer scored twice, with Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra also scoring for the visitors, and Sam Vokes heading in for Wales.

Although Burnley striker Sam Vokes scored a late consolation in his 60th appearance for the hosts, Giggs was left frustrated with the errors made by his team in Cardiff. "We'll take no chances", says Ryan Giggs.

"Spain move the ball quickly and have penetration". But we know we've put on some good performances in Cardiff (City Stadium) as well.

"That's where we want to be, that's the end goal". "We don't want to take any unnecessary risks with Gareth, we will be preparing for the Ireland game with both scenarios in mind [with or without Bale]", the coach added.

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