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Bellamy out of friendly

Craig Bellamy has pulled out of the Wales squad with a calf injury ahead of this weekend's friendly in Croatia.

 
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Bellamy had been a shock inclusion in the squad after a long-running feud with manager John Toshack, with the Manchester City forward having missed the last three international matches.

The 30-year-old will stay in the UK to receive treatment for his injury.

Bellamy is the seventh player to pull out of the match in Osijek following the withdrawal of James Collins, Danny Gabbidon, Simon Davies, Andy King, David Cotterill and Ched Evans.

Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collison, Gareth Bale and Joe Allen were already all out, while players from Championship play-off finalists Cardiff and Blackpool have not been considered.

The absentees have left Wales with a squad of just 18 players for the match, with four of those - Mark Bradley, Neil Taylor, Christian Ribeiro and Hal Robson-Kanu - having been promoted from the U21s.

 

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