Joe Allen is expected to miss out on both Wales’ Euro 2016 qualifiers with Cyprus and Israel after failing to recover in time from a hamstring injury.
The Liverpool midfielder has been omitted by Chris Coleman as Wales look to strengthen their grip on a top-two place in Group B, and earn their place at a major tournament for the first time since 1958.
Allen has yet to feature for Liverpool this season since picking up the injury in early August, and Coleman has opted not to take a risk with 25-year-old for the double header.
“We were optimistic on Joe for the Israel match, until recently,” Coleman explained. “He’s had a little setback.”
Allen’s absence has handed Dave Edwards an international recall, while there are also returns to Coleman’s 23-man squad for defenders James Collins and Ben Davies – who replace Paul Dummett and Adam Matthews.