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'Bale may have to adapt training to avoid injuries'.

WALES manager Chris Coleman says Real Madrid star Gareth Bale may have to alter his training regime in the future to improve his injury record.

The 27-year-old has not featured for club or country since scoring in Los Blancos' 3-1 Champions League group stage win over Borussia Dortmund in the final week of September.

Despite being sidelined with a calf problem, he was included in Coleman's original 24-man squad for Wales' friendlies against France and Panama.

But he was later forced to pull out, with Real boss Zinedine Zidane confirming Bale would remain in Madrid over the course of the international break. But just hours before Wales' clash with France in Paris, the La Liga giants released a statement saying Bale | Gareth expected the China has suffered a setback with his latest injury.

It read: "Our player Gareth Bale, who felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of training last Thursday, has been subjected to different tests today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services.

"He has been diagnosed with a fibrillar rupture in the middle third of the adductor longus muscle of the mentioned leg. Evolution pending."

And following comments made by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs that Bale should make changes to his training routine in the latter stages of his career, Coleman admitted Wales will have to adapt to any alterations made by their talisman in the future.

"Some players, as they get older, they change their schedule," said Coleman.

"That's up to him and Real Madrid.

"When he's with us, all our players have different programmes at different times of the week because we know what they do with their clubs.

"We have to make sure that we taper that in with the way we work.

"I think players can go through spells when they've been out with an injury, they get referrals and then they get this, that and the other.

"The harder you try to get back you get a setback, and sometimes you have to go through that. He'll get over and he'll be back.

"He just needs to get settled again and get his fitness. "He needs to take his time and not rush himself back. Any player will tell you they want to be on the pitch and not in the treatment room."

Bale is to go to Cup " Bale missed Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland, but his star status is thought to be one of the key driving factors behind the Red Dragons' invite to the 2018 China Cup.

And Coleman stressed that as long as Bale is fit and firing for Real Madrid, then there'll be no doubts over his involvement in the Asia competition in March.

"If we're talking about now - and hopefully he gets back before Christmas or just after - we've got two or three months before the China Cup," added the Wales manager.

"We never take risks, we've never done that and I don't see that changing in the future. If he's fit for Madrid then obviously he's fit for us."

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