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Wales football news - August 2001.
 Ticket disappointment.
Less than 10,000 tickets have been sold for Wales' home 2002 World Cup qualifier against Armenia on Saturday.

FAW secretary David Collins has uttered his disappointment, but has reiterated that at 10 a ticket it is excellent value for a full International Football Match.

Tickets will be on sale at the Ticket Line office right up until kick-off at 3pm.

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Wednesday, August 29th 2001. the sun.
 Players missing.
Wales might have up to eight players unavailable on Saturday for the game against Armenia.

Gary Speed, Mark Pembridge and Darren Barnard are definitely out and there are doubts over John Robinson, Roger Freestone and Rob Edwards.

John Hartson and Nathan Blake are suspended for the game. Wales also have eight players on yellow cards.

"Throughout my career, I have been lucky on the injury front, but to miss such an occasion is a blow." -
Gary Speed on missing out.

Tuesday, August 28th 2001. the sun.
 Sparky anxious.
Mark Hughes faces an anxious wait during the next 24 hours as players report to the team headquarters ahead of the World Cup matches against Armenia and Norway.

Hughes has emphasised the fact that Armenia will be no pushovers as the team and the fans look for the first win in Group 5.

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"They will be hard to break down." -
Mark Hughes on Armenia.

Sunday, August 26th 2001. the sun.
 Improved performance.
Wales Celebration in Kiev. Manager Mark Hughes wants the team to improve their performance over the remaining Group 5 fixtures. With three games left, two of them at home and Norway away qualifying is now out of Wales hands, the only hope we have is to win all three games and for other results to go our way.

But Hughes has stressed the importance of building on the performance out in Kiev and he believes that the team will go from strength to strength if we can beat Armenia on Saturday week.

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Sunday, August 19th 2001. the sun.
 Squad worries.
Hoping for no more worries. Mark Hughes is due to name the Wales squad for the matches with Armenia and Norway this week with no surprises expected.

The only worries so far are the automatic one match suspension of John Hartson and Nathan Blake and the knee injury sustained by John Robinson.

More information:

Players on yellow cards for Wales v Armenia:

Robbie Savage Craig Bellamy Andy Melville Carl Robinson
Robert Page Ryan Giggs Paul Jones Darren Barnard

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Sunday, August 12th 2001. the sun.

 Giggs praise.
John Robinson in action. John Robinson is struggling to be fit for the start of the new season with a knee injury.

He is therefore a major doubt for Wales' next two World Cup matches against Armenia and Norway in September.

Monday, August 6th 2001. the sun.
 Giggs praise.
Dream still alive? A With the next game in the 2002 World Cup campaign a month away Ryan Giggs has received some huge praise form his international manager Mark Hughes.

Wales' dream of qualifying is barley alive with the team required to win all three remaining games, and also the need for other results to go their way if they are to have any hope of finishing second in Group 5.

One day Hughes is hoping that he can provide Giggs with the chance to show his talent on a World stage but maybe not this time around.

"I would hope that I can help get him to a major final with Wales, Ryan has a great reputation and he puts that on the line every time he plays for Wales. I am very lucky to have genuine world-class talent to call on in Ryan and the way he is around the squad on international duty is a credit to him." -
Mark Hughes.

Wednesday, August 1st 2001. the sun.


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