Gary Speed fears threadbare Wales Carling Cup squad

2011 CARLING NATIONS CUP - Wales v Scotland & Northern Ireland

Venue:
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Date:
Wednesday, 25 May - Friday, 27 May
Kick-offs:
1945 BST
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online and score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website
Craig Bellamy and Ashley Williams
Craig Bellamy and Ashley Williams are Wales regulars in play-off action

Gary Speed admits he "can't complain" that he may be without six more players in Wales' Carling Cup double-header with Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Wales boss is without injured trio Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley and Sam Ricketts, while 10 Welshmen will be involved in the Championship play-offs.

Speed is set to name a 30-man squad on Thursday for their matches with the Scots and the Irish in Dublin.

"I can't really complain about that," Speed said about his missing players.

Wales internationals Rob Earnshaw and Chris Gunter will play for Nottingham Forest against a Swansea City side in the Championship play-off semi-finals that includes Ashley Williams, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor.

Reading face Cardiff City in the other play-off semi-finals, as Royals duo Simon Church and Hal Robson-Kanu take on a Bluebirds team with Craig Bellamy, Darcy Blake and Adam Matthews in the squad.

Bolton full-back Ricketts (ruptured Achilles) and Celtic midfielder Ledley (hamstring) were already ruled out of Wales' June games.

But Gareth Bale will certainly be out of Speed's third Wales squad after the left-winger injured an ankle in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw against Blackpool following a tackle by Charlie Adam.

Speed hopes 21-year-old Bale "recovers quickly" but the Wales manager will name an enlarged squad knowing that up to six of his players could withdraw should they qualify for the Championship play-off final at Wembley on 30 May - the week after Wales' final fixtures of the season.

"In a way it is a good thing," said Speed.

"I can't really complain about that. It would be great if those players could get into the Premier League."

Speed has lost his opening two games as Wales manager, including the 3-0 thrashing by Republic of Ireland in February's Carling Cup opener at Dublin's Aviva Stadium in Speed's first game in charge

Scotland beat Northern Ireland in the other February fixture but Speed's hopes of back-to-back positive results could be hampered by hectic scheduling.

"We have been a bit unfortunate in Dublin as we are the only team that plays Wednesday and Friday," said Speed,

"Where the other teams have three days inbetween. We have drawn the short straw there.

"How that was organised I don't know. If it was organised while I was in charge, I would have certainly had something to say about that."

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