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Wales boss Chris Coleman wants Joe Ledley's club future decided

Wales boss Chris Coleman hopes Joe Ledley's club future does not impact on his World Cup plans as he assesses whether the midfielder is fit enough to play next week.

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Ledley has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace in June and his only games since early-February have been in Wales' World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Serbia.

Coleman promised Ledley will start the crunch World Cup game against Austria in Cardiff on September 2 if he is "anywhere near fit enough".

But Coleman also knows his plans could be disrupted if the 30-year-old finds a new club.

I'm flabbergasted that Joe is not with a club.

He's obviously had offers, but if you look at how many games he's played and how many caps he's got, his experience, I can't believe he is not with a club.

For us he's been instrumental and let's see how far we can get him this week for what's going to be a big challenge for us. He won't be happy when I say this but he may have extra (work) to do.

We can't put him in danger. But if he can make it he'll start, even though he's not played since Serbia.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Ledley's situation complicates a midfield area already without the suspended Joe Allen for the Austria game.

Emyr Huws is out of both games with an Achilles problem and Andy King and David Edwards have had limited game-time for Leicester and Wolves respectively this season.

But Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is back after missing the 1-1 draw away to Serbia in June through suspension, and Neil Taylor will be available for the Moldova game after serving a two-match ban.