Gareth Bale and injured Aaron Ramsey named in Wales squad after Ryan Giggs steps down following arrest

GARETH BALE is back in the Wales squad and will look to help his nation pick up the pieces from the Ryan Giggs bombshell.

The Wales manager has stepped down for these three matches as he looks to clear his name following his arrest on Sunday night.


But he had already picked his squad for the November international games and was able to bring the on loan Tottenham man back.

The 31-year-old was unfit for the October matches so his return will be a much needed boost for his team-mates and stand in boss Robert Page.

Giggs would have been looking forward to calling on his two key men – Bale and Aaron Ramsey – for the first time in 12 months.

The Juventus midfielder was also named in the squad despite picking up an injury in his team’s win over Ferencvaros on Wednesday night.

It remains unclear whether he will be made available for the fixtures against USA, Republic of Ireland and Finland.

The FA Wales decided against putting Page in front of the media to explain his selection – in light of the events of the last few days.

And the timing of all this is disastrous for them as they are on the brink of winning their Nations League group – and securing a World Cup play-off spot.

Giggs is currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assault and actual bodily harm against his girlfriend on Sunday evening.

The 46-year-old denies all the charges against him and has said he will co-operate with the police investigation.

But it was mutually agreed to stand him down for these matches – and it will be the end of March by the time the squad meets again after this.

An internal enquiry into what has gone on is likely to be held by the Welsh FA later this month.

But unless the charges against Giggs are completely dropped he faces a battle to get his job back – despite the good work he has done over the last three years.

Giggs had been forced to revamp his goalkeeping department due to injuries to Wayne Hennessey and Stoke’s Adam Davies.

Owain Fon Williams of Dunfermline – one of the Euro 2016 squad, is recalled along with Newport’s Tom King.


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