Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has earned 54 caps for Wales since making his senior international debut against Trinidad & Tobago in 2006 Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales have named a 29-man squad that will travel to Portugal for a week-long training camp in preparation for Euro 2016, with star performer Gareth Bale omitted. As expected, the world's most expensive footballer has been excused due to the 2016 Champions League final between Madrid rivals Real and Atletico at the San Siro in Milan on Saturday 28 May.

Bale enjoyed a prominent role during the semi-final second-leg victory over Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu, but sustained a joint strain in his right knee that kept him out of the subsequent 3-2 defeat of Valencia. The 26-year-old, who has registered 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 total appearances in his third season since a world-record £85m ($122.3m) switch from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, has also been bothered by calf problems this term and was sidelined for almost two months between January and March.

He is expected to return shortly, however, Wales boss Chris Coleman will be desperately hoping that he suffers no further fitness issues between now and the end of the season. Bale was unsurprisingly the driving force behind his country's first qualification for a major tournament since 1958, notching seven goals as the Dragons finished second behind Belgium in Group B.


Wales were initially supposed to name their squad that will head out to the Algarve on 23 May on Monday morning, but delayed it by a matter of hours in order for Coleman to receive fitness updates after the weekend's fixtures. Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley makes the cut despite requiring a scan on an achilles injury sustained against Stoke at the weekend, while Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward is also included regardless of a minor knee complaint.

The only slightly surprising addition is that of Wes Burns, who has featured regularly for the U21s and received his first senior call-up as a replacement for David Cotterill ahead of a qualifying double-header against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra in October 2015. The Bristol City striker joined Fleetwood Town on loan in January after falling out of favour at Ashton Gate and scored five times to help Steven Pressley's side avoid relegation from League One.

After their training camp, Wales travel to the Friends Arena in Stockholm for a final warm-up friendly against Sweden on 5 June. They kick off their Euro 2016 campaign six days later against Slovakia in Bordeaux and will be based in Dinard, Brittany for the duration of the tournament.