Coleman: 'Wales can cope without Madrid star Bale'

Despite the absence of Gareth Bale, Wales boss Chris Coleman remains upbeat heading into Friday's Group D fixture against Georgia.

Gareth Bale will be missing in action when Wales takes on Georgia in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Friday.   -  Getty Images

Wales manager Chris Coleman insisted the World Cup hopefuls can deal with the loss of injured star Gareth Bale.

Coleman will be without Real Madrid forward Bale for Wales' final two qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland due to a calf injury.

Read: Injured Bale out of Wales World Cup qualifiers

It is a blow for Wales, which is second in Group D, four points behind leader Serbia and just a point clear of the Irish as it clings to a potential play-off berth.

Coleman, however, remains upbeat heading into Friday's trip to Georgia.

"We are in good shape," Coleman said. "It is all to play for.

"We have always been a little half a step behind, but we have injuries this campaign which we never had last campaign [for Euro 2016]. But you don't get there with ones and twos, it is about everybody.

"This campaign we haven't always had Bale, Aaron Ramsey or Joe Allen. They are obviously three super-special players and we haven't always had them, but the lads who have come in have been absolutely magnificent."

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