GARETH BALE has accelerated recovery from an injury in hopes of leading Wales to a World Cup play-off spot.
The Real Madrid star has been ruled out after sustaining a serious hamstring injury while training with the Spanish giants last month.
Wales coach Robert Page is optimistic that his captain will be ready for the crucial double-headed qualifier at home against Belarus and Belgium in November.
And Real posted a picture on their website on Wednesday afternoon showing the 32-year-old walking on the club’s training grounds.
The sight of Bale doing light training will give Wales and their fans a big boost after Pages’ men took four points without him in qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Estonia.
Reports from Spain suggest the striker could even become active again in late October.
This would give the 32-year-old a few weeks to get fit for his country.
Four points for Wales from the last two qualifiers would be enough for Pages’ men to book a play-off spot for Qatar next March.
Wales, third in Group E but tied with the Czechs on 11 points, will host Belarus at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday 13 November.
A positive result – at Bale’s 100th international appearance – would push the Dragons into second place in Group E, as their rivals are not playing the Czechs.
But Page’s men are on the final day of qualifying on Tuesday, Nov.
In the battle for second place, the Czechs have a good starting position against Estonia.
In addition, Tomas Soucek and his teammates currently have a better goal difference of two against Wales and scored four more goals in qualifying.