CARDIFF: Gareth Bale will become the second Wales player to reach a century of international caps after being named by manager Rob Page in their squad for this month’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Belgium.
The Real Madrid forward, who has 99 caps, missed Wales’ October qualifiers through a hamstring injury. His last appearance was in the goalless draw against Estonia in September.
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also included despite “muscle fatigue” ruling him out of Juve’s defeat by Verona at the weekend.
Wales’ target is to gain second spot in European Group E behind Belgium but ahead of the Czech Republic.
Bale, Wales’ 36-goal all-time leading marksman, would follow team-mate Chris Gunter in reaching the milestone of 100 caps.
Page said: “Gareth is in a good place. He’s raring to go and doing everything possible to get himself 100pc fit. He’s where we want him to be. “He’s not in full training, but he’s back on the grass. He will absolutely be considered for starting games.
“How many minutes he can play we will see, but we will have to assess it as we go. We are confident at the moment not only will he turn up but be fit to play as well.”
Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore, who scored Wales’ winner in Estonia, misses the Belarus game because of suspension.
Moore has been a key figure for the national side in this qualifying campaign.
Wales’ interim boss makes three changes to the squad he named for the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic and 1-0 win over Estonia in October.
Cardiff City midfielder Will Vaulks and Swansea City defender Ben Cabango retain their places after coming into the squad last month as injury replacements.
Wales squad: Wayne Hennessey, Daniel Ward, Adam Davies, Chris Gunter, Ben Davies, Connor Roberts, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Cabango, Neco Williams, James Lawrence, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Jonny Williams, Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson, Joe Morrell, Will Vaulks, Dylan Levitt, Sorba Thomas, Daniel James, Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore, Tyler Roberts, Brennan Johnson, Rubin Colwill, Mark Harris.