Craig Bellamy could still be handed a place in the latest Wales squad
Wales manager Chris Coleman says Craig Bellamy could still make his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Last Updated: 05/10/12 12:03pm
Bellamy was a surprise omission when Coleman named 21 players for the Group A games against Scotland and Croatia, although he can still add two more to his party.
One of those could be Bellamy but Coleman first wants assurances about his availability as the 33-year-old manages his return from a calf injury.
The Wales boss said: "Players like Craig don't come along all the time. We need to know from Craig whether he is staying with us or whether he isn't. If he is not, we have to move forward."
Coleman has also decided on a change of leadership, with Swansea centre-half Ashley Williams set to lead the side in place of Aaron Ramsey.
The Arsenal midfielder was handed the armband by the late Gary Speed but Wales have lost all five games since Coleman took over the reins.
"We needed to make some changes," Coleman said. "I spoke to Aaron yesterday about it, and he was incredibly mature. I was very impressed with him. It was a very professional reaction.
"Of course he is disappointed, but Aaron was great about it, he really was. Ashley will be the skipper. He is a natural leader. He has experience."
Wales are without goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, who needs surgery on a thumb injury, while James Collins is left out as he faces a ban following his dismissal against Belgium.