Gareth Bale is out of Wales’ World Cup qualifiers in the Czech Republic and Estonia next month with a "significant hamstring tear".

Real Madrid forward Bale, who would have won his 100th cap against the Czechs, has missed the Spanish side’s last five games.

Wales sit third in Group E after four games and will need maximum points from their trips to Prague and Tallinn on October 8 and 11 respectively if they stand any chance of automatic qualification.

Skipper Bale took his Wales tally to 33 goals with a match-winning hat-trick against Belarus earlier this month, before drawing a blank in the 0-0 draw with Estonia that followed a few days later.

Wales boss Robert Page is confident Bale will be fit for November's closing qualifiers, but said: "You grade hamstring injuries from one to four and his is nearer the four.

"So it's quite a significant hamstring tear. We've been in close contact with him to see how it's progressing but this camp has come too soon for him.

"Originally it might have been progressing into November's camp, that's the significance of the injury.

"Thankfully he's recovering better than anticipated. We're pretty certain we'll have him for November."

Bale's eight-year stay in Spain has been dogged by injury and his regular absences in recent seasons have not gone down well with Real supporters.

On Bale's latest setback, Page said: "Whether it was to do with the travelling in September's camp and he had a build-up in fatigue in his muscles and a soft tissue injury... it's a blow.

"Gareth is a very special player and we know he will be missed. But we can't cry about it, we've got to get on with it and look at it in a positive frame of mind."

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Midfielder Aron Ramsey is included in Page’s 28-man squad for the qualifying double-header.

Ramsey had to withdraw from the last squad due to injury but has returned to action for club Juventus, coming off the bench in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Sampdoria.

Burnley’s Connor Roberts is back after injury, while there is a first senior call-up for Huddersfield Town’s 22-year-old striker Sorba Thomas, who qualifies for Wales through his Newport-born mother.

On Thomas, Page added: "It didn't go to plan for him as a young lad, he was at West Ham's academy and got released.

"He went to non-league and he wasn't afraid then to drop down a couple of levels and go again.

"I think he deserves an enormous amount of credit for that.

"I've been to see him a couple of times and I've been really impressed, he has hit the ground running this season."

Like Ramsey, Spurs centre-half Joe Rodon and Liverpool right-back Neco Williams had to pull out of Page’s last squad, but both return for this camp.

Wales squad for World Cup qualifiers against Czech Republic and Estonia

Goalkeepers – W Hennessey, D Ward, A Davies.

Defenders – C Gunter, B Davies, C Roberts, C Mepham, J Rodon, T Lockyer, N Williams, J Lawrence.

Midfielders – R Norrington-Davies, A Ramsey, J Allen, J Williams, E Ampadu, H Wilson, D Brooks, J Morrell, M Smith, D Levitt.

Forwards – D James, K Moore, T Roberts, B Johnson, R Colwill, M Harris, S Thomas.

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