Aaron Ramsey must inspire Wales without Gareth Bale

Aaron Ramsey

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales' last two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland with a calf strain.

Otherwise, it could come down to Monday's meeting between Wales and the Republic in Cardiff.

Bale is the Welsh talisman and his absence is a big loss.

Serbia failed to clinch a World Cup berth in Vienna and lost instead, giving fresh hope to Wales and Ireland in qualifying on Friday.

The talent is unmistakeable, but the Welshman's wretched injury record has really held him back from being a huge success in Spain.

"It's good to have him around the camp".

After a frustrating first half, a moment of brilliance from Lawrence put the visitors in front just four minutes after the restart. There has been much talk the ex-Manchester United man could quit but the wee man, in charge since 2013, is well liked by the players, who want him to stay.

Coleman's Dragons were playing catch-up after five draws at the start of their campaign before Ben Woodburn announced himself on the worldwide stage last month.

"I expect a bit more from Georgia, they are technically a bit better than Moldova and are going to be out to cause us a few problems".

'Gaz is a big miss for us. Four points between the two matches would all but guarantee advancement, and even just one win could be enough. We haven't been as close to Russian Federation as we are now.

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Coleman is expected to turn to youth, too, with 17-year-old Ben Woodburn of Liverpool certain to feature after his match-winning exploits off the bench last month.

"Apart from Bale, Chris Coleman has got a full squad to choose from". Ramsey was outstanding that night and will hope to deliver a similar performance in Tbilisi, where he will win his 50th cap. We need the senior boys to take responsibility'. Now we go into these two games full of enthusiasm, confidence and a winning attitude.

Belgium (pictured) were the first European nation to qualify alongside hosts Russian Federation and 24 nations went into their final two games with hopes of securing one of the 11 remaining Euro places.

"We owe them one".

Wales looked the more likely to add a second goal before eventually settling for a one-goal victory, with Georgia offering little as an attacking force despite holding the possession advantage. 'We know his capabilities of changing the outlook of a game at any given moment.

"They're not afraid of anybody and will take it to anybody, so if we have any thoughts of hanging on then we'll lose the game".

Georgia and Moldova now occupy the bottom two spots in Group D.

Wales, bidding to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958, would be guaranteed at least runners-up spot in the group providing they avoid defeat against Ireland.

Coverage of Georgia v Wales gets underway at 4.30pm this afternoon (Friday), while Wales v Republic of Ireland will be shown at 7.15pm on Monday.

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