Edwards believes squad can cope with loss of Bale
International
3 October 2017

Edwards believes squad can cope with loss of Bale

Midfielder Dave Edwards insists Wales has “players who can come in and do the job.” 

Georgia v Wales

2018 FIFA World Cup - European Qualifiers 

  • Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
  • Friday, 6 October, KO 17:00
  • Live coverage: Sky Sports, S4C, BBC Radio Wales/Cymru
  • Follow updates on FA Wales Twitter & Facebook

The Reading man was speaking to the press after learning of Gareth Bale’s unavailability ahead of Friday’s crunch FIFA World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

Bale has been side-lined through injury  and Edwards added: “It would be a blow for any team in the world. Your heart sinks a little bit when you first hear it [the news], but I’m sure players will come in and fill his boots in different ways.

 “I look around now and the amount of quality we have, it's the best shape Welsh football has ever been in. Ben (Woodburn) reminds me of what Gareth was like when he was younger. If the gaffer needs me he knows he will get 100% out of me.”

If called upon, Edwards says he’s prepared for the test in Tbilisi: “If I do get any game time I will be ready. I'm desperate to be at the World Cup in Russia, it would top off my international career.

“They (Georgia) were top draw when we played them in Cardiff, they were disappointed not to get the three points.

“They're a very technical team. It's a game where we have to be at our very best to get a result.

“Georgia will feel unlucky not to have more points on the board. We will need to be organised.”

As is common with all the players in the Wales squad, Edwards praised the fans and explained their importance: “I can't praise the fans enough, they inspire you to push on.

“There's not many countries or clubs around the world that have that support or patience.”