"But following dialogue with Real Madrid, Bale was sent for a scan and results confirmed that he wouldn't be fit to feature", the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said on Tuesday in a statement. He won't be thinking this is his 50th cap - it's about what we need to do and how we can implement it.
"This team is on a different level to the team I was in, albeit we had some big hitters", Coleman said.
He said: "Every game is important for us, we play for the three points and for our supporters".
Therefore Wales' two wins against Moldova make no difference to their ranking, but sloppy draws against Georgia, Serbia and Austria could do real damage.
"Gareth has played a huge role in Wales' successes over the past few years with his goals, assists and all round play". "I think he's one of the best midfielders in Europe, I really do". We need the senior boys to take responsibility'.
Ramsey is one of seven Wales players on a yellow card, which is far from ideal given Wales are in a position where they can ill-afford to lose anyone to suspension for the Ireland game. "It's all about the best 11 players at that time and that is how I look at it". "That's the attitude we'll have tomorrow, no doubt". I remember the first game in Dublin when they weren't very respectful to our boys and to our supporters, and this squad won't have forgotten that. "They are obviously three super-special players and we haven't always had them, but the lads who have come in have been absolutely magnificent".
Barring a ridiculous turn of events, the Germans will top Gorup F and the North will be in the play-offs for Russian Federation, yet Michael O'Neill has vowed to play his strongest side despite the risk of suspensions for the final group game in Norway on Sunday. But, although they are still to win a Group D tie, Georgia have drawn five of their eight matches including their showdown in Cardiff. Two wins. And no matter how you dress it up, that task has been made easier by the withdrawal of Bale from Chris Coleman's squad, for whom Friday's game in Georgia has suddenly become a lot more hard.
Coverage of Georgia v Wales gets underway at 4.30pm this afternoon (Friday), while Wales v Republic of Ireland will be shown at 7.15pm on Monday.