Gareth Bale: No added pressure on me despite Wales injuries

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale scored the winner for Wales in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra in September 2014

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says he does not feel extra weight on his shoulders despite injuries to some of Wales' key players.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Liverpool's Joe Allen have both been ruled out of the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus in Cardiff.

Bale, 25, said he is looking forward to the qualifiers.

"I don't feel any more pressure," said Bale.

"I want to go out and do my best for my country and that's all that I can do.

"They are massive games for us but I think for us we want to concentrate on Friday's game [against Bosnia] not think about anything else, not think about the next game.

"Just purely concentrate on that and hopefully we can get the win."

Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury in the north London derby against Spurs

Wales have back-to-back home matches against Bosnia-Hercegovina on Friday, 10 October and Cyprus three days later at Cardiff City Stadium.

Bale joined up with the squad after playing in Real Madrid's 5-0 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday but Wales will be without two of their key midfielders.

Former Swansea City player Allen has not played for Liverpool since suffering a knee injury in Wales' 2-1 win in Andorra on 9 September and has since had a double hernia operation.

Fellow midfielder Ramsey is sidelined by a hamstring injury he suffered in the north London derby against Spurs which could keep him out of action for up to two months.

Bale, who was named the 2014 Football Association of Wales player of the year on Monday, is confident Wales can do well in their two home qualifiers despite their injury problems.

"It's a big blow. They are two fantastic players," said Bale, who also won the FAW fans' award.

"But we have players that can come in and do a good job for us, the same as they would do and I'm looking forward to the game."

Wales began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with an unconvincing win in Andorra thanks to two goals from Bale.

World Cup finalists Bosnia, who Wales have never beaten. lost their opening group game at home to Cyprus.

But Bale is not taking a side captained by Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko lightly.

"We know that they are a very good side," said Bale..

"We know all about them but we believe in ourselves.

"We believe we are a good team and hopefully we can give them a good game and get the victory on Friday."

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