Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/27/14
Wales manager Chris Coleman says Real Madrid 's new big-money signing Gareth Bale is "nowhere near ready" to play 90 minutes. Bale played 32 minutes as Coleman's Dragons slumped to the foot of the World Cup qualifying Group A table with a 3-0 defeat to Serbia in Cardiff. Goals from Filip Djordjevic, Aleksandar Kolarov and Lazar Markovic put the game beyond Wales, who never looked like avenging the 6-1 mauling they suffered at the hands of the same opponents in Novi Sad a year ago. Bale, a pre-match doubt due to a groin problem, appeared just before the hour to get his first action since becoming the world's most expensive player when he joined Real from Tottenham earlier this month, and almost grabbed a goal with a superb swerving, dipping free-kick. The 24-year-old will now return to Spain ahead of his expected club debut against Villarreal on Saturday, but Coleman believes his star man is still some way short of fitness. He said: "If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the...
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