World Cup - Spurs absentee Bale in Wales squad

Gareth Bale is in the Wales squad for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia next month ahead of an imminent move to Real Madrid.

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Gareth Bale did not feature in Wales' draw against the Republic of Ireland

Bale has not appeared for Spurs this season, and was pictured in Spain over the weekend. He missed Wales's recent friendly against Ireland due to a foot problem that has troubled him since July.

Aaron Ramsey has also been named in the squad, despite leaving the pitch with a groin injury after scoring both of Arsenal's goals in a 2-0 Champions League play-off victory over Fenerbahce on Wednesday.

Wales, who are 13 points behind Group A leaders Belgium and 10 off second-placed Croatia, play Macedonia in Skopje on September 6, followed by Serbia in Cardiff on September 10.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said his move to Real Madrid is on the verge of completion.

"It could happen very, very soon," the Portuguese said. "It's a dream move for him.

"Tottenham will accept most likely the biggest transfer in world football."

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