Joe Allen included in Wales double header against Scotland and Croatia despite shoulder injury
WALES have included Joe Allen in their squad for World Cup qualifier against Scotland and Croatia despite the fact the former Swansea City midfielder requires shoulder surgery.
Chris Coleman's side take on Scotland at Hampden Park a week on Friday before Croatia visit the Liberty four days later.
Allen, who needs an operation that will keep him out for three months, has not yet decoded when to undergo the procedure.
Celtic full-back Adam Matthews is missing with a hamstring injury, but star names Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy are both included in the 23-strong group.
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James Collins provides a welcome option at centre-half after missing the 2-1 win over Austria in Wales's last outing, while Leeds striker Steve Morison is another to return from injury.
Crystal Palace defender Darcy Blake has not been included because Coleman considers him short of match fitness.
Uncapped midfielder Jonathan Williams is promoted from the Wales Under-21 squad after scoring in their 3-0 win over Iceland and impressing with his performances for Palace.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also back after being a late withdrawal for the game against Austria.
Wayne Hennessey is a long-term absentee as the Wolves stopper continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, so Boaz Myhill, Lewis Price and Owain Fon Williams are the three goalkeepers selected.
Swansea defender Ashley Williams should again skipper the side, while teammates Ben Davies and Jazz Richards – on loan at Palace – are also included.
Wales squad: Boaz Myhill (West Brom), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Owain Fôn Williams (Tranmere), Ben Davies (Swansea), James Collins (West Ham), Chris Gunter (Reading), Joel Lynch (Huddersfield), Jazz Richards (Swansea - loan Crystal Palace), Sam Ricketts (Bolton), Ashley Williams (Swansea), Joe Allen (Liverpool), Jack Collison (West Ham), Andy King (Leicester), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), Gareth Bale (Spurs), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff), Simon Church (Reading), Steve Morison (Leeds), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley).