World Cup: Wales winger Gareth Bale allays fitness concerns

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Wales winger Gareth Bale has played down fears about his fitness after he was forced off at half-time during the 2-1 win over Scotland.

The Tottenham star, who had been suffering from a virus prior to the match, failed to emerge for the second half at Hampden Park with Jonathan Williams replacing him as Wales shrugged off his absence to fight back from 1-0 down in the World Cup qualifying Group A clash.

There were initially fears that Bale had injured his ankle and would miss Tuesday's visit of Croatia.

However, the 23-year-old took to Twitter after the game to allay those fears.

He posted: "Just clearing the air... nothing wrong with my ankle. I came off at HT due to the stomach virus I've had all week. Should be ok for Tuesday.

"Great win by the lads tonight, hopefully we can take this on to the next game."

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