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Coleman: Real Madrid's Bale raring to go for Wales

Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted he had his 'heart in his mouth' on a number of occasions when watching Real Madrid's derby clash with Atletico Madrid on the weekend.

Dragons ace Gareth Bale was heavily involved in the 2-2 draw at Atleti and Coleman had his fingers crossed that the former Tottenham star would get through without an injury.

Wales meet Iceland in an international friendly in Cardiff on Wednesday night and Coleman is thrilled to have the 24-year old wizard in tow.

"I was never worried about 'Baley'. He has been here before when he's known he is not going to play and has made the trip anyway to be with us. It is great to have him," Coleman said.

"He was involved in a tough game at the weekend - the Madrid derby was brutal at times. My heart was in my mouth on one or two occasions but he has come through that. He is here and raring to go."

Bale made his Wales debut as a 17-year old back in 2006 and has gone on to tally 11 goals in 43 appearances for his country since.

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