Welsh international Gareth Bale has endured a COVID-19 scare after swapping shirts with Spurs teammate Matt Doherty, who later tested positive.

Doherty and Stoke midfielder James McClean both tested positive after Wales’ 1-0 Nations League win in Cardiff on Sunday and after the game, 28-year-old Doherty was pictured embracing Bale at the end of the game and according to reports, the team-mates and keen fellow golfers also later exchanged shirts after the match.

This 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.”

Wales are a point clear of second-placed Finland and a draw will be enough to see them join Europe’s elite in the next edition of the Nations League.


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