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Wales U21 wait on Matthews injury

Uefa Under-21 Championships - Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Venue: Racecourse Ground Date: Saturday, 10 October Kick-off: 1245 BST Coverage: Score updates BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and online


Adam Matthews
Cardiff City full-back Adam Matthews is Wales under-17 captain

Cardiff City defender Adam Matthews is a major injury doubt for Wales' under-21 Uefa Championship qualifier with Bosnia at Wrexham on Saturday.

The 17-year-old right-back will undergo an X-ray on Monday after suffering a foot injury playing for Cardiff in Saturday's 4-0 win at Watford.

And Matthews is expected to be ruled-out for Brian Flynn's unbeaten leaders against Group Three's bottom side.

He admitted: "I've picked up a knock so I'm not sure if I'll be available."

Matthews hit the headlines on Saturday as he scored a 50-yard free-kick at Watford before suffering his foot knock.

And Wales' under-17 captain was set to make his Wales under-21 debut against point-less Bosnia at the Racecourse Ground.

But boss Flynn has plenty of cover at right-back as Darcy Blake, another Cardiff City academy graduate who is on loan at Plymouth Argyle, and Blackpool's Neal Eardley are available.

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Eardley was one of 10 senior internationals selected in Flynn's initial 23-man squad for Saturday's fifth game of the current campaign.

But Tottenham Hotspur left-back Gareth Bale, Arsenal's teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans could be promoted to John Toshack's A-team who play an academic World Cup qualifier in Finland on the same day.

West Ham United's Jack Collison has since been ruled-out with a knee injury while fellow midfielder Andy King may move up to the senior team due to their midfield injury crisis as Simon Davies and Brian Stock are out and Joe Ledley (hip) is a doubt.

Toshack's team, though, have no chance of reaching South Africa but Flynn's youngsters have a great chance of qualifying for the 2011 under-21 finals in Denmark.

Toshack and Flynn have a policy names players in both the U21 and senior squads before making a late decisions on where to allocate them.


Wales Under-21 squad:
Goalkeepers: David Cornell (Swansea City), Chris Maxwell (Wrexham)
Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City/Plymouth), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Aaron Morris (Cardiff City), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City), Neil Taylor (Wrexham), James Wilson (Bristol City/Brentford)
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Andy King (Leicester City), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City/Yeovil), Joe Partington (AFC Bournemouth), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Strikers: Simon Church (Reading), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Casey Thomas (Swansea City), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Marc Williams (Wrexham).

Stand-by: Rhys Taylor (Chelsea), Daniel Alfei (Swansea City), James Bloom (Falkirk), Billy Bodin (Swindon Town), Nathan Craig (Everton), Ryan Doble (Southampton), Lee Lucas (Swansea City), Jake Taylor (Reading).



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see also
Country profile: Bosnia-Hercegovina
29 Oct 09 |  Country profiles
Finland 2-1 Wales
10 Oct 09 |  Internationals
Wales U21 2-1 Italy U21
04 Sep 09 |  Welsh
Evans boosts Wales U21 Uefa bid
29 Jul 09 |  Internationals
Wales U21 4-1 Hungary U21
12 Aug 09 |  Internationals
Wales U21 5-1 Luxembourg U21
31 Mar 09 |  Internationals
Pick your Wales XI
05 Feb 07 |  Internationals
International tables
26 Nov 07 |  Tables
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Wales' results archive
10 Oct 05 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Feb 09 |  Wales


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