(Reuters) – Wales captain Gareth Bale says he is on a “good path” towards full fitness ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, despite not having completed a full game since joining Los Angeles. FC in June.
Bale signed with the Major League Soccer club after leaving Real Madrid, where he struggled with injury in his final seasons. He made just two appearances in his 11 appearances for LAFC, scoring twice.
Wales, who will play their first World Cup in 64 years, begin their campaign against the United States on 21 November and the 33-year-old is hoping his physical condition will improve greatly by then.
“I think I’ll be a lot more fit,” Bale told reporters on Wednesday. “I haven’t played 90 minutes yet, which is what we’re building and carrying training.
“We are on a good path to where I want to be. I want to try to play 90 minutes as much as I can, but I understand that I need to improve to get to that level. I haven’t done that much in the last few years.”
Wales, who also face England and Iran in World Cup Group B, face Belgium in Brussels in the Nations League later on Thursday.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)