After scoring against the United States at the 2022 World Cup (1-1), Gareth Bale is nursing his back in preparation for the match against Iran, this Friday in Qatar (11 a.m.). The 33-year-old winger is keeping himself safe at the Wales base camp. To the point of giving up playing virtual golf on the simulator he had installed at the hotel.
“Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” The provocation is now part of the legend. By trolling Real Madrid three years ago, on a qualifying evening for Euro 2020, Gareth Bale made it known how much he likes to walk the greens, club in hand. The Wales winger recalled this when he arrived in Qatar to play the 2022 World Cup. The 33-year-old star had a simulator installed at his team’s base camp, so he could play virtual golf. A lack of fun on a real eighteen-hole course.
But after having admired his swing during the first days, the Los Angeles FC player has taken a step back. Blame it on back pain which forces him to preserve himself. After equalizing against the United States on Monday, by converting a penalty in the 82nd (1-1), Bale is taking care of his recovery, hoping to be ready to challenge Iran, this Thursday at Al Rayyan (11 a.m.).
An inflatable dragon and a poker room
“He didn’t play as much as the game approached because I think his back is bothering him a bit,” said partner Harry Wilson, the Fulham winger, in proposals reported by the Daily Mail. The British tabloid specifies that the Welsh have a poker room and an inflatable dragon in the swimming pool of their hotel.
Enough to allow Rob Lage players to decompress between matches. After their match against Iran, Gareth Bale’s teammates will also face England in Group B next Tuesday to close their group stage. With a place in the round of 16 in the sights.