Two of the hottest transfer deals of the summer have taken another twist, with Bale and Rooney left out of club duty - but called up for their national sides.
Both players have been called up for national service, despite missing most of the pre-season through injury, and while these decisions pose very different questions, they ultimately suggest the same thing - that both players could be on the move.
In the case of Rooney, his call up comes after he was left out of the Manchester United squad for Sunday's Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic.
The striker who's said to have suffered a shoulder problem in recent weeks, was added to Roy Hodgson's squad on Sunday, and the England manager was confident that he will play a part in Wednesday's friendly with Scotland.
Hodgson reported that Rooney was 'looking fit and well', and had 'arrived at training early' when he spoke to the press on Monday, statements which are sure to put the cat amongst the pigeons at Old Trafford.
Fans of the current Premier League champions will be increasingly worried that Rooney has been left in the cold by David Moyes ahead of what now looks certain to be a move away from the club.
In the case of Gareth Bale, the Wales and Tottenham midfielder has been training with his international team mates albeit in a 'light' session, but has been ruled out of his country's friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.
Kit Symons the Wales assistant coach, said: 'Gareth wanted to join us and be part of the team. but there is no chance that he will play. He is part of the group, and this shows the positive way we interact between the players and their clubs."
Many will now feel a Bale move away from Tottenham can be engineered in the knowledge that there will be no reoccurrence, or worsening, of the foot injury that has blighted one of the world's leading players.
Two star players who seem clearly prepared to commit to their respective national sides, but appear to be less than committed to their domestic clubs.
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