Bale will play his part against Sweden

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Gary Pritchard

Gary Pritchard

Saturday, 4 Jun 2016, 19:34

Gareth Bale will play some part in the friendly against Sweden on Sunday afternoon said Wales manager, Chris Coleman.

“He will play some part in the game,” said Coleman. “But he won’t be playing 90 minutes, that’s certain.”

“We have to consider the week he’s had both on and off the field.”

“As well as playing 120 minutes (in the Champions League final) he’s been travelling and celebrating. We have to consider this,” he said.

However, Coleman admitted that the trio of Joe Allen, Hal Robson Kanu and Joe Ledley will play no part in the match at the Friends Arena, Stockholm.

The trio have been receiving treatment for injuries and Coleman was adamant that neither of them were ready for a competitve match.

“The three are much better but this game is too soon for them,” he said.

Sweden have already announced their starting XI to face Wales in the Friends Arena on Sunday afternoon with Zlatan Ibrahimović leading the line for the home side.

And the prospect of facing the undoubted star of Swedish football excited Wales’ captain, Ashley Williams.

“I’ve never played against him before. It’ll be interesting, it’ll be a challenge,” said Williams, who is set to win his 59th cap on Sunday.

And Coleman was adamant that Williams would be able to cope with the Paris St Germain striker.

“This guy plays in the Premier League week in week out coping with some great players. Tomorrow won’t be any different,” he said.

Wales were given an incredible send off as they left Cardiff Airport on Saturday lunchtime with hundreds of well wishers gathering to cheer the squad on to Sweden and then France.

“Loads of schoolchildren were singing the national anthem, the atmosphere was incredible,” admitted Coleman.

“It’s stuff we’ve seen other countries doing for years and we’ve been dreaming about it. It was superb.”

And Williams revealed the whole squad were buoyed by the crowd at the airport.

“All the boys appreciated it, it was really nice to see so many there,” he explained.

“It feels a bit more real now, we’re really looking forward to it.”

Highlights of Sweden v Wales will be on S4C on Sunday at 10.00pm