TOM Lawrence is eager to add to his tally of Wales caps over the next few days after starting the World Cup qualifying victories over Austria and Moldova in September, writes David Williams.

The 23-year-old Derby County striker has featured in his country’s last three games – he was a late substitute against Serbia in Belgrade – and is currently on eight senior international appearances.

Gareth Bale’s injury means he could well feature again in Georgia today (5pm) and when the Republic of Ireland visit Cardiff on Monday, as Wales bid to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

“He (boss Chris Coleman) showed faith in me the last two games, and hopefully my performances repaid that faith,” said Lawrence, who started his professional career at Manchester United.

“Hopefully I can get a few more caps.

“I’ve been in and out of the squad so the last two starts were a big bonus for me, and I’m just striving for more now.

“The Moldova game was very different to the Austria one, they sat deep and made it difficult for us, but we got the win in the end.

“I expect a bit more from Georgia, they are technically a bit better than Moldova and are going to be out to cause us a few problems.”

As for Bale’s injury, Lawrence, like his other teammates who have spoken on the subject, is confident Wales can cope without their star man.

“We’ve had quite a few injuries throughout the campaign and everyone who has stepped in knows what they’ve got to do,” he added.

“It’s something we’ve got to deal with and all the players know what’s needed.

“He’s (Bale) always there to help when you’re playing with him, he’s always giving you tips and you take them on board because of the player Gareth is.

“It’s good to have him around the camp.”

Lawrence was replaced by teenager Ben Woodburn in both of the last two games.