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Wales football news - March 2002.
 Eleven out.
A decimated squad has meet up ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic.

With 11 players withdrawing from the original squad of 26, manager Mark Hughes must now re-shuffle his team for Wednesday night. There are call-ups for 3 players: - Paul Trollope, Rhys Weston and Paul Evans.

The game is an important part of Wales' build up to the Euro 2004 matches in September.

Monday, March 25th 2002.
 Coleman return.
Chris Coleman is hoping to be back playing for Wales next September against Finland in Helsinki.

After his horrific injuries over a year ago he starts a reserve team game for Fulham next week. This only can be good news for manager Mark Hughes and a boost to the squad.

Friday, March 22nd 2002.
 FAW confirm.
The FAW have confirmed that Wales will play Finland at the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki on the 7th September 2002.

The U-21 squad will also meet up between April 14-17 at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, a squad of 20 players will be named on the 27th March for this.

There is no news at the moment on whether coach Jimmy Shoulder will receive some assistance with the players.

One problem that may rise over the coming months is the playing career of Mark Hughes. It has appeared that his club Blackburn may offer him a one-year extension to his current contract.

Wednesday, March 13th 2002.
 Bellamy blow.
Craig Bellamy is a major doubt for the Czech Republic friendly in around three weeks time.

After an original scan on his knee injury it was thought at the time not be a serious one, but a second scan has shown the injury too much worse.

Bellamy could be out for at least a month.

"It would be a massive blow if we lost him for the Czech Republic game. After his performance against Argentina, his confidence is sky-high." - assistant coach Mark Bowen.

Friday, March 1st 2002.


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