Toshack fearful for World Cup hopes
Wednesday 26 March 2008
John Toshack fears his World Cup plans will be wrecked by long-term injury of four of his best players. The Wales coach will send out an experimental side here tonight for a friendly that will give him the chance to run the rule over fringe players.
Craig Bellamy, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins, and Gareth Bale are all concerning him. Collins is not expected back until October after a knee operation, Bellamy is fighting for fitness after a groin operation, Gabbidon has a long-term groin issue and Bale a long-term ankle injury.
"We have spent three years working on a defensive plan and it is worrying and disappointing that we are without them," Toshack said. "Any international team would miss four players of that quality, but for us it really is a major blow."
The Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and Stockport defender Ashley Williams are expected to make their Wales debuts.
Provisional team: Myhill (Hull), Eardley (Oldham), Nyatanga (Barnsley), A Williams (Stockport), Morgan (Peterborough), Ricketts (Hull), Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Koumas (Wigan), S Davies (Fulham), Eastwood (Wolves), Easter (Plymouth). Substitutes: Price (Derby), Duffy (Portsmouth), S Roberts (Doncaster), Stock (Doncaster), Tudur-Jones (Swansea), Cotterill (Sheff Utd), Nardiello (Barnsley).
Latest in Sport
Aaron Hernandez: American Football in the dock as NFL star player's murderous double life is revealed
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Why Blues are the least popular team in the league
Chelsea vs Manchester United combined XI: Thibaut Courtois or David De Gea? Juan Mata or Willian? Who makes our team?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Where are the tickets for the fight?
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho plays down news signings Nathan and Yoshinori Muto but talks up Ruben Loftus-Cheek
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes