Wales prepare for key qualifier despite injuries

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Chris Coleman’s Wales side will head out against Bosnia and Herzegovina tonight in one of the most anticipated games in the countries recent history. Over 31,000 fans are expected at Cardiff City Stadium but the national team have been dealt a number of injury blows before the tie.

The lack of Arsenal’s impressive midfielder Aaron Ramsey is no doubt the biggest loss for Coleman. His midfield partner Joe Allen is also still suffering from the away victory against Andorra in September and hasn’t played for his club Liverpool since. These injury concerns amount to 10 players in total with Wigan’s Emyr Huws, defender James Collins, full-back Adam Matthews and Newcastle’s Paul Dummett are just a few more of those missing tonight.

Wales haven’t qualified for a major international tournament since the 1958 World Cup where they were eliminated to a Pele strike for Brazil. Since then they have had a turbulent time of things with lots of hopes being crushed over the decades. Now people call this Wales’ ‘Golden Generation’ and having almost sold out Cardiff City Stadium the atmosphere for this vital clash will be buzzing.

Aaron Ramsey has called this one of  Wales’ best chances of making a tournament: “It’s massive. This would be one of our best opportunities, probably ever, to qualify. It’s important now we have got off to a good start. It was an awful pitch over there [in Andorra] and very difficult to play football on, but we’ve gone there and got the result we were looking for.”

On Monday they face Cyprus at home too meaning by the end of that game they could have 9 out of 9 points and be in the driving seat for a spot in Euro 2016. Gareth Bale will no doubt be the talisman on whom the chance to qualify will hinge on so be sure to check out the game live tonight on Sky Sports!

By Gareth Thomas | October 10th, 2014