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Wales prepare to face Andorra in Euro 2016 campaign

Gareth Bale during a training session in Cardiff ahead of the game. Credit: PA

Wales are preparing to take on Andorra in the Pyrenees tonight in their Euro 2016 campaign. Wales boss Chris Coleman has described his sides opening Euro 2016 qualifier as the 'most important game of the campaign'.

Despite Wales being the strong favourites for the match against Andorra, they have tougher tests against group favourites Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina to come before the end of the year.


Wales vs Andorra: "We want points in the bag"

Gareth Bale says “Everything is in place for us to qualify”. Credit: PA

Wales boss Chris Coleman has described his sides opening Euro 2016 qualifier with Andorra as the most important game of the campaign. Wales arrived in Andorra on Monday after travelling from their base in Barcelona.

On Tuesday Wales take on Andorra on their new 3G artificial pitch, although Coleman says the only thing that matters is getting the win.

Wales lose Ricketts for Andorra match

Wolves defender Sam Ricketts has become the fourth player to withdraw from the Wales squad for next Tuesday's opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

Sam Ricketts will be replaced by Danny Gabbidon. Credit: PA

The Football Association of Wales says Ricketts picked up an injury in training on Tuesday.

He will be replaced by 35-year-old Danny Gabbidon, who rejoined Cardiff City earlier this week in a player-coach capacity.

Defenders Adam Matthews and James Collins had previously pulled out, together with Reading striker Hal Robson-Kanu. They were replaced by Declan John, Paul Dummett and Jake Taylor, respectively.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, meanwhile, says Wales are confident they can "make big things happen" in their qualifying group.

Andorra's pitch given green light for Wales game

Gareth Bale in training at Cardiff ahead of Andorra game. Credit: FAW

Wales' opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Tuesday will go ahead on Andorra's 3G pitch.

The surface was subject to close inspection by UEFA officials, but a Football Association of Wales spokesman confirmed during a player media session on Tuesday afternoon that the pitch had been given the green light.

Had that not happened, the game was set to have been moved to Barcelona.

Wales will look to begin their qualifying campaign in flying fashion, especially given the presence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in manager Chris Coleman's squad.


Wales train for Andorra but pitch issue not resolved

Adam Matthews out of Wales qualifier

Wales's Adam Matthews takes a throw in Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Celtic's Adam Matthews has become the latest player to withdraw from Chris Coleman's Wales squad to face Andorra in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Tuesday.

Injury to the defender means a call up for Cardiff City's Declan John from the Under 21's.

Matthews joins Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu and West Ham defender James Collins who have also withdrawn through injury.

Meanwhile a decision on whether the qualifier will go ahead at Andorra's new national stadium is expected to be made by UEFA today.

UEFA officials have been carrying out pitch inspections over the weekend and have called for more tests of the surface before a final decision is made.

Hudson leaves Bluebirds for Huddersfield Town

Mark Hudson is joining Huddersfield Town. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson has left the club to join Huddersfield Town, the club has confirmed. The 32 year old has signed a two-year deal with the Yorkshire club, after five years at Cardiff.

Swansea City sign forward Modou Barrow

Modou Barrow signs for Swansea City Credit: Modou Barrow/Twitter

Swansea City have confirmed the signing of Gambian striker Modou Barrow from Ostersunds FK for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old arrives at the Liberty on a performance-related contract and will now link up with the club's Under-21 squad.

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