Gareth Bale has something to cheer as Wales players train hand-in-hand as Ryan Giggs prepares his side for Nations League clash with Denmark
- Wales entertain Denmark in a crucial Nations League clash on Friday night
- Victory for either side will see them finish top of League B Group 4
- Gareth Bale is back for the hosts after missing last month’s win in Dublin
Gareth Bale was all smiles as he took part in Wales training ahead of the country’s crunch Nations League match against Denmark.
The Real Madrid forward missed Wales’s 1-0 win in Ireland last month through injury but is fully fit to face Age Hareide’s side on Friday night.
Ryan Giggs looked on as his players revelled in a training exercise that resembled British Bulldog, with groups of six holding hands trying to catch free-running members of the rest of the squad.
Gareth Bale had something to celebrate as he prepared for Friday’s clash with Denmark
Ryan Giggs looks on during Wales’ training session at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday
Ethan Ampadu is shown the way by coach Tony Strudwick on the pitch
Bale was a picture of competitiveness, grinning broadly after snaring Tyler Roberts, and raising his arms aloft in mock celebration.
‘It took me back to my youth,’ Ashley Williams said. ‘Man-tag we called it.’
The game was the brainchild of Tony Strudwick, head of performance for Wales, who introduced it for the first time to break the tension on the eve of a big fixture.
Giggs added: ‘These last couple of days we are a little bit more relaxed, we’ve given them the information, now just go out and enjoy yourself, express yourself.’
Wales players hold hands with each other during an innovative training session in the capital
Welsh stars Bale and Aaron Ramsey looked to be enjoying themselves during the session
Giggs posted a positive prognosis on Bale, who had a tight groin last month and picked up a minor ankle problem playing for Real against Celta Vigo on Sunday.
‘He’s good, he’s fine,’ said Giggs. ‘Obviously he arrived a little bit later than the rest of group after playing Sunday evening.
‘He’s looked good this week, he is ready. He had a different programme at the beginning of the week but he’s fine.’
Gareth Bale (bottom left) is on his toes as he and his team-mates practice their heading skills
Arsenal’s Ramsey passes the ball along the ground as Wales limber up for Denmark clash
Giggs said Wales were determined to beat Denmark for more than one reason. ‘There are lots of incentives to top the group. First of all to win a really competitive group would be great.
November 16: Denmark (H)
November 20: Albania (A)
‘Then you get a second bite of the cherry with regards to the Euros, if you don’t qualify automatically. And it has an effect on the seedings for the draw also.
‘It’s a new tournament, we wanted to win the first one. It’s in our hands now. But it’s not going go be easy up against a top side, a very good manager, and a group of players who have been together a long time and proved they are tough to beat.’
Gareth Bale enjoys a chat with midfielder Andy King during a break in the training session