Gareth Bale recalled to Wales squad after injury as captain forms part of 29-man party chosen by boss Ryan Giggs before he stepped down for next three matches after his arrest over allegations of assaulting his girlfriend
- Wales captain Gareth Bale is in their 29-man squad for November internationals
- Owain Fon Williams, Tom Lockyer and James Lawrence have also been recalled
- Newport midfielder Josh Sheehan wins a first senior call-up for his country
- Ryan Giggs has stepped down as Wales manager for the next three matches
- He was arrested over allegations of assaulting his girlfriend, which he denies
Gareth Bale has returned to the Wales squad selected by absent manager Ryan Giggs.
Captain Bale missed Wales’ October games against England, the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria with a knee injury which delayed his Tottenham debut following his season-long loan move from Real Madrid.
But Bale is back in a 29-man squad which was selected by Giggs before his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a woman on Sunday night.
Captain Gareth Bale is back in the Wales squad after missing the October games due to injury
Bale missed last month’s games after suffering a knee injury but is back for November’s ties
Wales boss Ryan Giggs was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault on Sunday
Giggs has denied all the allegations against him, and has been released on bail
The 46-year-old has denied the allegations that he attacked partner Kate Greville, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
A statement released on behalf of Giggs said he denied ‘all allegations of assault made against him’.
A representative for the former Manchester United star said: ‘Mr Giggs denies all allegations of assault made against him. He is co-operating with the police and will continue to assist them with their ongoing investigations.’
As revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday, the Welsh FA moved swiftly to act and Giggs agreed to stand down for next week’s friendly against the USA and the Nations League fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Finland. Wales assistant Robert Page will be in charge for the three games and will be supported by Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg.
The Football Association of Wales took the unusual step on Thursday of announcing the squad for the upcoming games via their social media platforms rather than hold a press conference on Zoom.
Robert Page (left) will be taking charge for the next three Wales international matches
Wales, who are top of Nations League Group B after three wins and a draw, are without first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and his deputy Adam Davies through injury.
Giggs has recalled Dunfermline’s Owain Fon Williams, who was part of the squad which reached the semi-final of Euro 2016 under Chris Coleman, and Newport’s Tom King.
Defenders Tom Lockyer and James Lawrence are also recalled and Newport midfielder Josh Sheehan wins a first senior call-up after being preferred to Cardiff’s Will Vaulks.
Tom Lawrence features in a Wales squad for the first time this year after summer surgery.
Wales play a friendly against the USA in Swansea on November 12 before Nations League home games in Cardiff against the Republic of Ireland on November 15 and Finland on November 18.
Tom Lawrence features in a Wales squad for the first time this year after summer surgery
WALES SQUAD FOR NOVEMBER’S THREE INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
D Ward (Leicester), O Fon Williams (Dunfermline), T King (Newport), C Roberts (Swansea), C Gunter (Charlton), N Williams (Liverpool), B Davies (Tottenham), R Norrington-Davies (Luton, on loan from Sheff Utd), C Mepham (Bournemouth), B Cabango (Swansea), J Rodon (Tottenham), T Lockyer (Luton), J Lawrence (St Pauli), E Ampadu (Sheff Utd, on loan from Chelsea), J Morrell (Luton), M Smith (Doncaster, on loan from Man City), D Levitt (Charlton, on loan from Man Utd), J Sheehan (Newport), A Ramsey (Juventus), J Williams (Charlton), B Johnson (Lincoln, on loan from Nottingham Forest), D Brooks (Bournemouth), H Wilson (Cardiff, on loan from Liverpool), R Matondo (Schalke), D James (Man Utd), T Roberts (Leeds), G Bale (Tottenham, on loan from Real Madrid), K Moore (Cardiff), T Lawrence (Derby).