Tottenham winger Bale named in Wales squad despite injury

The 24-year-old is the subject of serious interest from Real Madrid and has missed Spurs' recent warm-up fixtures, but has been called up by Dragons boss Chris Coleman
Wales have named Gareth Bale in their squad to face the Republic of Ireland despite the Tottenham man having missed pre-season through injury.

Bale did not feature for Spurs during their Barclays Asia Trophy campaign in Hong Kong, and did not travel to Monaco for Saturday's 5-2 defeat.

He has, however, received treatment on a foot injury at the club's training ground on Monday, and attended training with his team-mates on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, and his Real Madrid counterpart, Florentino Perez, will meet in Florida to discuss a £100 million transfer this week.

Bale has made it clear to the club that he is desperate to join Madrid this summer after being told it is 'now or never'.

Cardiff City attacker Craig Bellamy and Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey are other notable inclusions. The shot-stopper has recently returned to action following 16 months on the sidelines with cruciate knee ligament damage.