Danny Gabbidon gets Wales call-up after latest withdrawal

WALES CALL: Cwmbran's Danny Gabbidon

WALES CALL: Cwmbran's Danny Gabbidon

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CWMBRAN’S Danny Gabbidon has been called into the Wales squad to face Andorra in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old had been without a club since his release from Crystal Palace this summer but sealed a dream return to Cardiff City on transfer deadline day this week, signing a one-year contract as a player-coach.

His last competitive appearance was for Wales in the friendly defeat to Holland in Amsterdam in June.

But now he has put the cap on an incredible week after being called up by Chris Coleman to the Wales squad as they prepare to start their campaign at the national stadium in Andorra La Vella on Tuesday.

He replaces Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Sam Ricketts who picked up an injury in training on Tuesday.

The FAW confirmed the change on their website on Thursday.

In a statement, they said: “There has been a further change to the Wales squad for the match in Andorra.

“Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City) replaces Samuel Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Samuel picked-up an injury in training on Tuesday.

"Danny is the fourth replacement to be called-into the squad for the start of the European Championship qualifiers."

The other players to withdraw from the squad are Newport’s James Collins, Celtic defender Adam Matthews and Reading striker Hal Robson-Kanu.

Fellow Reading front man Jake Taylor replaced Robson-Kanu, while Cardiff’s Declan John replaced Matthews.

After his return to Cardiff City on Monday, Gabbidon had revealed his joy at being back.

“I’ve been back here training for three weeks, trying to get myself fit. It was just a case of seeing what might happen," he said.

“At the end of last week, the manager mentioned about coming on board and maybe getting involved with the coaching side of things and playing as well.

“It was a little bit of a surprise at the time, but it was a very exciting offer.

“I thought about it for a few days then realised it was a great opportunity for me. I’m just delighted to be back. I’ve really enjoyed being here with the lads and I’m delighted that it is now going to go on for longer."

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