Gareth Bale return gives Wales huge boost, says Swansea defender

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The former Tottenham player has been missing in action since earlier this month, but should be fit for Wales' Euro 2016 qualifiers next month

Gareth Bale’s return to training with Real Madrid provides Wales with a ‘massive boost’ ahead of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers, according to Neil Taylor, talking to the BBC.

Wales currently top group B ahead of favourites Belgium and are closing in on qualification, with winnable games against Bosnia-Herzagovina and Andorra in October.

And Swansea’s Taylor, who plays alongside Bale for his country, is aware how much the Los Blancos star brings to the national side.

The BBC reports that he said of the 26-year-old Madridista’s recovery: That’s a massive boost for us.

“He’s a big part of what we do and we know we’re capable of going to Bosnia and getting a result, and then there’s the Andorra game at home.

“They’re going to be the defining two games and we’re looking forward to them and to have Gareth there is a massive boost.”

Bale has been missing in action for Real Madrid since picking up an injury in their 4-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month.

But he has now returned to fitness and tweeted a video this week showing how far his recovery has come.

Madrid travel to Sweden on Wednesday for their Champions League tie with Malmo FF.

Manager Rafa Benitez will be hoping that Bale is in contention for this weekend’s huge league derby with Atletico Madrid.

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