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Tottenham's Bale expected to start for Wales against Croatia

Wales boss Chris Coleman expects Gareth Bale to take his place in the starting line-up when Croatia visit on Tuesday night.

The Dragons host Igor Stimac's men at Swansea's Liberty Stadium in Group A World Cup qualifying with Bale in doubt after coming off at half-time of Friday's 2-1 win over Scotland because of a virus.

But Coleman says the Tottenham star, who also aggravated an ankle injury, should be fine to start.

"He's trained well so I think he's in a lot better nick than he was going into the Scotland game. I think he should be okay," Coleman told Sky Sports.

Wales sit third in their group with six points from five matches, seven points in arrears of Croatia, who are equal with group leaders Belgium on 13 points.

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