GARETH BALE is set to be rested for Wales’ friendly against the USA.
The Tottenham forward, 31, had an ice pack on his ankle after he was substituted on 78 minutes of his club’s 1-0 Premier League win at West Brom on Sunday.
Wales’ squad, without boss Ryan Giggs following his arrest last week, linked up at their Vale of Glamorgan HQ on Monday.
And it is understood caretaker boss Robert Page will take no chances on Bale in Thursday’s game in Swansea ahead of two crunch Nations League clashes.
Wales take on the Republic of Ireland and Finland later in the international break.
Bale was making his first Premier League start at the Hawthorns since returning to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho called on Wales not to ‘destroy’ the work the North Londoners have done to improve Bale’s fitness after he missed pre-season and then battled back from a knee injury.
But stand-in chief Page has one eye on the two fixtures against Ireland on Sunday and Finland a week on Wednesday.
Good results there could see Wales win promotion to European’s top table as well as booking a World Cup 2022 play-off spot.
Page said: “It’s a great group of players and one thing we want to do now is finish off a good campaign up which Ryan started and hopefully two positive wins will see us in a good position.
“Nothing changes. It’s Ryan’s team, it’s Ryan’s squad and it’s about us finishing the job that he started.
"We have three tough games, the first one is important because we want to keep that momentum going into the two qualifiers.”
Page was speaking for the first time since Giggs was arrested and then bailed, pending inquiries by police, on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault after an alleged bust-up with his girlfriend.
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