Gareth Bale suffers coronavirus scare ahead of Tottenham’s clash vs Man City

Gareth Bale endured a Covid scare after swapping shirts with Spurs pal Matt Doherty who later tested positive.

Bale is available to captain Wales on Wednesday at home to Finland in their crunch final Nations League Group B4 decider.

But Irish right-back Doherty is back home self-isolating after testing positive following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat in Cardiff to Wales.

Spurs defender Doherty,28, was pictured embracing club-mate Bale at the end of the game.

MirrorSport understands the team-mates and keen fellow golfers also later exchanged shirts after the match.

Gareth Bale survived a coronavirus scare while on international duty

It left Bale concerned at potentially exposing himself to the virus but he has since tested negative.

The Wales captain,31, who out-jumped Doherty for David Brooks’ winner, admitted: “It’s a slight concern for everybody when you’ve been playing someone and you’re in close contact with them on the field.

“Maybe you’re not long enough with them to catch it but you’re a bit wary.

“It’s good news that everyone’s come back and tested negative and now we can just concentrate on the game on Wednesday.”

Bale added he and his Tottenham team-mate Ben Davies had been in touch with Doherty following his positive test.

He said: “Me and Ben have spoke to him briefly and he’s doing fine, he’s just got mild symptoms.

“Hopefully he recovers fine, doesn’t have any problems and will be back playing as soon as possible.”

Bale went on to praise Wales’ chiefs for their set-up as they are yet to have a single positive test so far in three camps this year.

“The FAW are doing a fantastic job keeping to all the protocols,” added Bale.

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Bale swapped shirts with Matt Doherty who has since tested Covid-19 positive
Bale swapped shirts with Matt Doherty who has since tested Covid-19 positive

“They are making sure we are doing everything right in the hotel and no one is doing anything wrong in training.

“They’ve done fantastic with that and we’re obviously glad that none of us have tested positive.”

Boss Robert Page added: “’If there’s absolutely any risk we will not take the chance.

“But our medical protocols have been second to none and we’ve had consistent negative tests so that goes to show we’re doing something right.”

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