Coleman: It's on a knife-edge

06 October 2017 04:14:10 EST

Chris Coleman accepts that it is his worst nightmare to be without Gareth Bale for Wales' last two World Cup qualifying encounters.

The Real Madrid star will miss the matches against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland because of a calf muscle problem but Coleman is refusing to complain.

"It is our worst nightmare," he admitted. "But we haven't always had our key players in this campaign. That's international football.

"We've got to get on with that - I'm not complaining. We've got to get over that as a team. We've had to go to Serbia without Gareth Bale, we've had to play games without Rambo [Aaron Ramsey], these big star players for us.

"Certainly those top three - Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey and Bale - they've missed a lot of games. But you have to win games and perform without your big players."

Bale scored for Wales in the 1-1 draw with Georgia in Cardiff earlier in the campaign while Coleman's team have only won eight of 33 matches without the former Tottenham star since he made his international debut in 2006.

"It is on a knife-edge and we have all been there before, the players have," Coleman added.

Wales are 10/11 to beat Georgia on Friday and 8/1 to win the crucial qualifier 2-1.

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