Swansea City defender Daniel Alfei earns first Wales call-up
DANIEL Alfei has been called into the Wales squad for the first time ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers as Chris Coleman bids to cope with a raft of withdrawals.
Coleman had already lost Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley and Joe Allen for Friday's match against Macedonia and the visit to Belgium four days' later because of injury, while Brighton's Andrew Crofts is injured and also suspended for the first match. Five Further players have now joined that list — Swansea defender Ben Davies, Wolves's Sam Ricketts, Celtic's Adam Matthews, Crystal Palace's Danny Gabbidon and Jack Collison, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham.
Davies suffered a suspected hamstring injury late in Swansea's 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday; Matthews has been ruled out for up to three months after damaging his collarbone playing for Celtic, while Gabbidon (hamstring) missed Palace's trip to Liverpool three days ago.
With Davies among those ruled out, club-mate and fellow defender Alfei, 21, is one of nine replacements added to the squad, as is Jazz Richards, currently on loan at Huddersfield.
The others are Lloyd Isgrove (Southampton), Owain Tudur Jones (Hibernian), James Wilson (Bristol City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Sean MacDonald (Bournemouth) and David Cotterill (Doncaster).
Alfei featured on the bench for Swansea against Arsenal ten days ago, having made his debut three seasons ago.
He has since spent two spells on loan at Wrexham.