FOOTBALL : Wales captain Craig Bellamy led a trio of withdrawals from the squad for Saturday’s friendly with Scotland.
Wales captain Craig Bellamy led a trio of withdrawals from the squad for Saturday’s friendly with Scotland.
The Manchester City striker has been given permission to pull out of the match at Cardiff City Stadium due to a slight groin injury.
Fulham midfielder Simon Davies (foot) and Aston Villa defender James Collins (groin) have also withdrawn.
Manager John Toshack also has doubts over Nottingham Forest’s Chris Gunter (virus) and Leicester’s Andy King (wrist).
He has therefore recalled Forest’s Robert Earnshaw and Swansea’s Joe Allen and handed maiden call-ups to Cardiff teenager Adam Matthews and St Mirren midfielder Andy Dorman.
Dorman becomes the first player to be named in a senior home nations squad under the new school rule.
The rule allows British passport holders to represent any of the home nations, provided they have been educated in that country for five years.
Gunter is expected to shake off his virus in time, while King could play with a cast after scans confirmed he had suffered ligament damage and had not broken his wrist as first feared.