Georgia v Wales: Gareth Bale left out of Real Madrid squad five days before qualifier
|2018 World Cup qualifiers: Georgia v Wales|
|Venue: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tblisi Date: Friday, 6 October Kick-off: 17:00 BST|
|Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.|
Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for tonight's La Liga game against Espanyol, five days before Wales face Georgia in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane said Bale would face a fitness test, but played down the seriousness of the injury.
However, a squad published on Sunday morning omitted the Welshman.
"It's a muscle fatigue, it's nothing serious. But, as always, we don't like to take any risks," said Zidane.
Bale capped a fine performance with a brilliant goal in last week's 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, but did not finish the game and has not taken a full part in training since due to the problem.
The 28-year-old is in the Wales squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia in Tblisi and then the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday, 9 October.
Zidane said of that: "Regarding the national team, I don't think there will be a problem between Madrid and Wales.
"It depends on him, on his state of fitness. We'll take it day by day."
Wales are second in Group D following wins over Austria and Moldova in September, but trail leaders Serbia by four points with two matches remaining.
Second place could be enough to earn Chris Coleman's team a place in the play-offs, which will see eight of the nine runners up in qualifying groups play for four remaining places in Russia 2018.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Chris Maxwell; Defenders: Ben Davies, James Chester, Neil Taylor, Chris Gunter, Tom Lockyer, Ashley Williams, Ethan Ampadu; Midfielders: Joe Allen, David Edwards, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Jonathan Williams, David Brooks; Forwards: Gareth Bale, Marley Watkins, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes, Tom Lawrence, Ben Woodburn.