Wales star Gareth Bale to miss friendly international with Northern Ireland

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will not feature against Northern Ireland in next week’s friendly in Cardiff.

Bale has been left out of the Welsh squad for the game – and the fixture against Ukraine.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and West Ham defender James Collins are also absent from Chris Coleman’s squad.

Coleman said Bale’s absence was a joint decision between the Football Association of Wales and Real Madrid.

Northern Ireland play Wales in Cardiff on March 24 before hosting Slovenia four days later in Belfast.