Bale ready for 100 Wales cap

Bale ready for 100 Wales cap

Bale ready for 100 Wales cap

Bale ready for 100 Wales cap

Bale ready for 100 Wales cap

Gareth Bale is in “good shape” and ready to win his 100th cap for Wales, according to team-mate

Wayne Hennessey.

Bale has not played since tearing his hamstring in September but has returned to full training with Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old has joined the national squad and could become only the second man  after Chris Gunter to earn
100 caps for Wales, in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Cardiff.

“He’s looking very well,” said goalkeeper Hennessey.

“He’s in good shape, he’s smiling and laughing – and when you get Gaz like that he’s fantastic to be around.”

Midfielder Joe Allen added: “Every time he trains, he looks great. He’s such a strong player and everything looks fine.

“Let’s hope he’s playing on Saturday, helping us get three points.”

Bale’s injury ruled him out of Wales’ World Cup qualifiers in October and he has not played for Real Madrid since 28 August.

His most recent appearance came in Wales’ frustrating goalless draw at home to Estonia in September.

Asked if Bale’s two-month lay-off might affect his chances of featuring against Belarus and Belgium, Hennessey said:

“Not really. He looks after himself very well.

“He’s always in the gym doing stuff and keeping up on his fitness. He’s very particular what he eats.

He looks after his body and is in good shape.”

Hennessey and Bale have been close friends for years, having played youth football together for Wales as well as numerous senior international games.

Burnley keeper Hennessey is only two behind Bale on 97 caps and, while he would love to reach his own century,

he is having to bide his time for now, with Leicester City’s Danny Ward currently first choice for Wales and let see what things work.

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