Wales lose Cotterill, Earnie doubtful

Wales have suffered another blow with the loss of David Cotterill from their squad for Saturday afternoon's World Cup qualifier with Finland.

Last Updated: 09/10/09 at 12:11

Cotterill: Leaves Wales squad

Cotterill: Leaves Wales squad

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Manager John Toshack is also sweating on the fitness of Nottingham Forest striker Robert Earnshaw, who damaged a calf in training on Friday morning and is considered very doubtful for the Group Four match.

Toshack was already down to 15 fit outfield players, plus three goalkeepers, when he arrived in Finland on Thursday. That total could be just 13, with the probability that Wales will have only five substitutes.

Sheffield United forward Cotterill headed back to Yorkshire on Friday morning to be with his wife, who is believed to be ill. He had barely been able to unpack before heading back to the airport.

Earnshaw was injured in a training session at the Olympic stadium, and Toshack said: "This seems to be never ending. We lost Danny Gabbidon, Joe Ledley and Sam Ricketts within 24 hours before we left Cardiff.

"Now David has had to go home, and Earnshaw is also a real doubt now. He may be fit enough to sit on the bench.

"My only consolation is that the team I had in my head to play when we left Cardiff is still intact."

Wales will now give Neal Eardley a place in defence, while Blackpool's David Vaughan is likely to play in midfield.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa's new style here to stay despite lack of goals

Paul Lambert is sure the goals will come for Aston Villa if they persist with their current style of football.

Bobby Zamora tells QPR to give Charlie Austin a new contract

Bobby Zamora has told QPR to sort out Charlie Austin's future before his goals attract bids from elsewhere.

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property