Gareth Bale gives fitness update ahead of World Cup

Wales captain Gareth Bale has declared himself ‘100% fit’ for the World Cup after a minor injury limited him to just a substitute appearance in the recent MLS Cup final win for LAFC.

Bale came off the bench in that triumph over Philadelphia Union and scored an equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage time in extra time to force a penalty shootout that LAFC then won 3-0. It also continued Bale’s incredible run of scoring vital goals in finals or big games.

But the Welshman, who turned 33 during the summer, had missed early playoff games against LA Galaxy and Austin FC. He had also…


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