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

Wales are second in Group D and if they keep that spot it could be enough to earn them a place in the playoffs.

According to the club Bale picked up the injury whilst training with Wales but that has been categorically denied by the national team who say the player arrived already carrying the injury.

But Lawrence - like Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn against Austria last month - stepped up when Wales needed a hero.

'Gaz is a big miss for us, ' said the Everton defender. The Real Madrid star is Wales' top scorer in this qualifying campaign with four goals and in the past five years they have won only once in 10 matches (competitive and friendly) without him in the starting line-up.

This Friday, October 6, 2017 (9:00 AM Pacific) Georgia will host Wales at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena for a match in the UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

However, before they do that the Welsh still need to beat both Ireland and Georgia, to secure their second place spot, which could be tricky without Gareth Bale.

'He won't be thinking this is his 50th cap and getting carried away. We need the senior boys to take responsibility'.

When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure, especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players. "That's the attitude we'll have tomorrow, no doubt". Joe Allen didn't play in the drawn home game against Georgia and it was a huge loss. They know their identity and they are a very resilient bunch'.

We have always been a little half a step behind, but we have injuries this campaign which we never had last campaign [for Euro 2016]. When he's in the team, he breaks everything up and that allows the players in front of him to express themselves in the attacking third with less pressure.

WALES must prove they are no one-man team in order to reach their first World Cup finals since 1958.

REIGNING world champions Germany visit Belfast tomorrow night and in many respects Northern Ireland can treat this as a glamorous exhibition game.


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