Ryan Giggs: Gareth Bale set for full China Cup involvement
Wales are involved in tournament against China, the Czech Republic and Uruguay.
Gareth Bale is set to play a full part in Wales’ China Cup campaign, despite the competition’s conclusion being little more than a week before Real Madrid resume their Champions League defence.
New Wales manager Ryan Giggs has confirmed his star man will be involved in both of Wales’ two matches in the four-team tournament in Nanning, as long as Bale is not injured playing for Real on Saturday.
Real are at Las Palmas on March 31, the weekend after the China Cup, but they are out of the LaLiga title reckoning, and the Champions League quarter-final on April 3 or 4 is their priority now.
“All players that go out are preparing for playing both games,” Giggs said.
“But you have to be sensible as well. If players get a knock when they are on tour and we feel it’s better they go back, they will go back early.
“There are players for who it is an ideal trip for them to get games and minutes under their belt – and it is for Gareth.
“He’s started the majority of Real’s league games recently, but he was on the bench for the two Champions League games.
“I was at the first game (against Paris St Germain) where he came on and did well in the last 20 or 25 minutes, and there is a case with a lot of the players where they need games.”
There are players for who it is an ideal trip for them to get games and minutes under their belt - and it is for Gareth Ryan Giggs on Gareth Bale
Giggs has named a 26-man squad for the tournament – his first games in charge – but is without Arsenal playmaker Aaron Ramsey and West Brom striker Hal Robson-Kanu, while Reading midfielder David Edwards has retired from international football.
Ramsey requires minor surgery and Giggs said: “We’ve been in discussions with Arsenal and Aaron over the last couple of weeks.
“He’s got a small procedure. It’s the ideal time in the international break to get it done.
“It’s a blow because he’s a quality player, but it’s the best thing to do for the future and for Aaron.”
Wales will get the tournament underway when they play hosts China at Nanning’s Guangxi Sports Center on March 22.
They will then meet either the Czech Republic or Uruguay for third place or in the final – and the former Manchester United and Wales star has targeted a winning start to his reign.
“Even if it’s the China Cup, you want to win something,” Giggs said.
“My first trophy was the League Cup in 1992 and it’s what it gives.
“I want that feeling of winning and achieving something.
“You don’t want to be stood at the other side of the pitch watching another team lift the trophy.
“Winning any game or trophy gives you a lift. We go there because we want to win it, we don’t want to just make up the numbers.”