Gareth Bale will be devastated by new injury, says Wales’s Chris Coleman

• Coleman laments Bale’s ‘bad luck’ as forward suffers thigh problem
• Wales manager sees role in team for David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu

Chris Coleman had just delivered his pre-match instructions at the Stade de France when he got a whisper in his ear. He may have been hoping Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappé had been pulled out during the pre-match warmups in Paris, but instead the news was about another blow for Gareth Bale.

The Real Madrid forward had suffered a fresh thigh injury just days after returning to training after more than a month out with a calf injury and is likely to be out for the rest of the year. This will be his 19th layoff during his four years at the Bernabéu.

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