“Having Bale in the squad does bring us confidence and we’ve already seen against Andorra what he can bring to this campaign,” said the Tottenham left-back. “He’s a world-class player but you can’t rely on him to do everything for you and we’ve all got to step up really.
“It’s clear to see the quality that he has got and he is constantly improving. He is an inspiration to us all really to show what can be done with the hard work that he puts in.
“You see just how committed he is to this Welsh team which is great for us as a squad and gives us a big boost every time we get to go out on the pitch with him.
“It is disappointing to lose some top players out of this squad like we have but that is part of the parcel of any campaign. We’ve got to adjust now and do the best we can with the players who are available and we are confident that as a group we have got the quality to do that.”
Over 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the clash at the Cardiff City Stadium, which is important for Wales who have had some poor turnouts in recent years.
But optimism that this Wales side can qualify for a major tournament for the first time in over 50 years has drawn the crowds, something Davies feels is all important in the big games.
“The one thing we’ve wanted as players is to draw the crowds back in and having the big support on Friday will give a big boost to the squad,” said Davies. “Hopefully we can deliver for all the fans who turn out and can keep them coming to the games because that is what we want.
“We’re all aware of how big these two games are; even as early they are in the group. But we know as a squad what we’ve got ahead of us and we need to be up for the challenge.”