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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Aaron Ramsey set to win first Wales cap

Wales manager John Toshack will turn to youth to solve his midfield injury problems for Wednesday's friendly with Denmark in Brondby.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, 17, is set to win his first cap, while West Ham's Jack Collison, 20, will also start.

Senior midfielders Simon Davies and Jason Koumas lead a casualty list of five midfield withdrawals.

Midfielders Joe Ledley (dislocated finger), David Vaughan (calf) and Carl Fletcher (back) have also pulled out.

Koumas missed Wigan's 2-2 draw at Newcastle with a groin strain while Davies has an Achilles problem.

Collison will win his third senior cap after starting in the friendly win in Iceland and then coming on as a substitute in the defeat to the Netherlands.

Ramsey was also on the bench for that 2-0 friendly loss in Rotterdam but was not called into action.

The former Cardiff player - who Arsenal paid £5m for last June - has made his Champions League debut for the Gunners this season, with Ramsey also claiming a first European goal in that 5-2 win at Fenerbahce.

Collison is currently a regular for Arsenal's Premier League rivals West Ham after winning the confidence of Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola.

Swansea City midfield pair Owain Tudur Jones and Shaun MacDonald and Cardiff City's teenage full-back Darcy Blake have been called-up as late replacements to the squad.

Toshack now has only five fit midfielders in Collison, Ramsey, MacDonald, Tudur Jones and Wolves' David Edwards in his new 19-man squad that includes nine players aged 20 or under.

Key playmaker Koumas, the 32-times midfielder, is Wales' creative force but pulled a groin muscle in training for Wigan Athletic.

Fulham star Davies' withdrawal means Wales will be without two of their three most experienced players, with only captain Craig Bellamy remaining in an otherwise hugely inexperienced squad.

Ledley, 21, dislocated a finger moments before hitting Cardiff City's winner against Crystal Palace Palace at Ninian Park on Saturday.

"I was told Joe had broken his finger, but he actually dislocated it," confirmed Cardiff boss Dave Jones.

"So our medical team pulled it back into place and he was thrown back on."

Arsenal sensation Ramsey and West Ham starlet Collison are the two rising stars of Welsh football and will be part of the next generation who are following Ledley into Toshack's regular first-team team.

Talismanic striker Bellamy and 30-cap Hull City full-back Sam Ricketts are the two most experienced members of Toshack's squad.

Wales were already without injured West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon and Nottingham Forest striker Rob Earnshaw.

Boaz Myhill is expected to start in goal in an agreed rotation with regular stopper Wayne Hennessey, who is out of the first team at Wolves.

Denmark have made five changes from the side that beat Malta 3-0 in their World Cup qualifier last month.

It will also include Premier League stars Thomas Sorensen, of Stoke, Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner and Liverpool's Daniel Agger.

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