Gould waits for verdict on Pembridge

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Wales, with six World Cup points in the bag after two victories over San Marino, chase a third win against the Netherlands at Cardiff Arms Park tomorrow evening without Ryan Giggs, Chris Coleman - and maybe Mark Pembridge, who has been struggling to recover from a calf strain.

The Sheffield Wednesday man trained for the first time yesterday without any adverse reaction and manager Bobby Gould will monitor his progress in the remaining sessions before deciding whether he is ready to face the Dutch. If Pembridge does not recover, Birmingham City's Andy Legg will take his place at left wing-back.

Gary Speed replaces the suspended Giggs while Kit Symons comes in for the injured Coleman. Gould is hoping that Speed will be fired up against the Dutch, after being disappointed to be left out of the 6-0 win over San Marino in August.

Gould has added the Bolton striker Nathan Blake to his squad to provide cover for John Hartson (ankle) and Gareth Taylor (shin splints).

Two Dutch players, Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp and Winston Bogarde of Ajax, missed training last night. Bergkamp's hamstring strain may lead to a place in the starting line-up for Celtic's Pierre van Hooijdonk.

WALES TEAM (World Cup qualifying Group Seven v Netherlands, Cardiff Arms Park, tomorrow): Southall (Everton); M Bowen (West Ham), Melville (Sunderland), Symons (Manchester City), Pembridge (Derby), Robinson (Charlton), Browning (Bristol Rovers), Horne (Birmingham), Speed (Everton), Hughes (Chelsea), Saunders (Nottingham Forest).