Wales waiting on Williams' fitness for Swiss mission
Tuesday 12 October 2010
The stand-in Wales captain, Ashley Williams, is winning his race to be fit for tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier in Switzerland.
Williams, wearing the armband in the absence of Craig Bellamy, turned his ankle late on in Friday's defeat to Bulgaria at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Swansea defender was given the all-clear to travel to Basle after an X-ray on Saturday and has shown considerable improvement since, playing a full part in training yesterday.
The caretaker manager, Brian Flynn, said yesterday: "His ankle has got better every day and I am very confident he will be able to start."
Flynn must make changes in defence with Chris Gunter and Sam Ricketts suspended. Cardiff's Darcy Blake, 21, will win his first cap at right-back while Williams, if fit, is likely to revert to centre-half after playing in midfield last week.
Flynn has further defensive options, having drafted in Rhoys Wiggins of Bournemouth on Saturday and then making a further late addition to his squad by calling up Preston's Craig Morgan yesterday. "Darcy will play at right-back. I've seen a lot of him in that position and I like him there," Flynn said. "I've brought Craig in for his aerial ability, his strength and his power. He will be a good addition to the squad and he will help us."
Flynn also revealed that Gareth Bale and James Collins suffered minor strains in the Bulgaria match but both have been overcome.
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