Bale shakes off injury to make Wales squad

Matthew Briggs

Gareth Bale has been named in the Wales squad for the crunch Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra.

The striker has missed Real Madrid’s last three games with a calf injury but is set to return against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Wales manager Chris Coleman will be hoping the world’s most expensive player comes through the Madrid derby unscathed as his side need one point from their final two Euro qualifiers to end a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament – something they last did at the 1958 World Cup.

Liverpool’s Joe Allen is available again after missing last month’s double-header against Cyprus and Israel with a hamstring injury, as is Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley who was also sidelined for both those games with a similar problem.

Wolves’ David Edwards, who started against both Cyprus and Israel, is included after recovering quicker than expected from a knee injury, while midfielder Emyr Huws features for the first time since last November following ankle trouble.

Wales face Bosnia in Zenica on October 10 before hosting group minnows Andorra in Cardiff three days later.

Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Richards (Fulham), Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Huws (Wigan), Allen (Liverpool), Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), J Williams (Crystal Palace), Cotterill (Birmingham), Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley).