John Toshack has revealed injury-prone defender Danny Gabbidon will not play again for Wales until the new year.
The West Ham centre-back, who has not played since last December, has suffered two years of injury hell with groin and back problems.
Gabbidon hoped to return for Wales' opening World Cup qualifiers but boss Toshack does not expect him to return for his country until after Christmas.
Toshack said: "Gabbidon is still way off and won't be back until next year."
Toshack is suffering a defensive injury crisis as experienced 29-year-old Gabbidon, James Collins and Lewin Nyatanga will all miss Wednesday's friendly international against Georgia on Wednesday (1800 BST).
Both Gabbidon and Derby Nyatanga are all long-term absentees while West Ham centre-back Collins is facing a race against time to be fit for Wales' opening 2010 World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on 6 September.
"We've had the heart ripped out of our defence and that has been frustrating, " said Toshack.
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