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Defender James Collins injured for World Cup qualifier against Serbia

James Collins is the latest player to withdraw from Wales' squad for Saturday's tie with Serbia. Credit: PA

Defender James Collins is the latest player to pull out of the Wales squad preparing for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff.

The West Ham player has been replaced by MK Dons' Joe Walsh.

He is the second Wales casualty this week, with fellow defender Ben Davies having been ruled out of the Serbia clash due to injury. Champions League defeat against Bayer Leverkusen last week.

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Defender Ben Davies ruled out of Wales' World Cup qualifier against Serbia

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Wales will be without Tottenham defender Ben Davis for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Serbia on 12 November.

Davies missed Spurs' 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday after picking up an ankle injury during Spurs' Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkussen last week.

The 23-year-old will be replaced by Sunderland's Adam Matthews, who is on loan at Bristol City.

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Aaron Ramsey back in training after injury lay off

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Wales international Aaron Ramsey is back in full training following a hamstring problem which has sidelined him since the first match of the campaign.

The 25-year-old is not expected to be rushed into a return until fully ready.

The injury seen Ramsey miss the first three matches in Wales' World Cup qualifying campaign.

Wales up 22 places in World Football Rankings

Hal Robson-Kanu goal helped Wales to victory over Scotland Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Wales' 2-1 win over Scotland last month has helped Chris Coleman's men up 22 spots in the World Football Rankings.

The team are now 49th, jumping ahead of Poland and Egypt despite their defeat to Croatia.

Scotland's loss saw them fall to 77th, whilst England slip to 7th, the Republic of Ireland rise to 39th and Northern Ireland fell to 119th.

The top three of Spain, Germany and Argentina remain unchanged.

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