Owain Tudur Jones called up to Wales squad for friendly

WALES v AUSTRALIA

Venue:
Cardiff City Stadium
Date:
10 August
Kick-off:
1945 BST
Coverage:
Live updates and commentary on BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru
Owain Tudur Jones
Owain Tudur Jones has played in two SPL games for Inverness CL this season

Owain Tudur Jones has been added to the Wales squad for Wednesday's friendly with Australia at Cardiff City Stadium.

Jones, who joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle from Norwich City in July, reported with the rest of the players to the squad's training base on Sunday.

James Collins (back), Sam Vokes (ankle) and Andrew Crofts (ankle) have withdrawn from the original squad.

Manger Gary Speed hopes to be able to have Gareth Bale fit for the first time since taking over in December.

Injury has forced the Tottenham Hotspur winger to miss all four of Speed's games in charge so far.

Swansea trio Ashley Williams and Joe Allen return after missing May's 2-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup.

Ched Evans is included despite being charged with rape.

The Sheffield United striker, who strenuously denies the charge, is due to appear before Prestatyn magistrates on 8 August.

Craig Bellamy, whose future at Manchester City remains in doubt after rejecting a possible loan move to Celtic, is among the five strikers named.

The 32-year-old has not been part of City's pre-seasons preparations and Speed recognises he may not be match-fit.

"I would imagine Craig will be champing at the bit," said Speed, who announced his squad at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham on Friday.

"He has been training but he hasn't had many games so hopefully that will be the case.

"We will see how he goes. If he is able to get through the 90 minutes, which I am sure he would like, then great. If he can't, we will make a change.

"I would like his future to be sorted for his sake because I know how passionate he is about his football.

"The quicker he gets settled then the better for everyone. I know him and I know how he works and he just wants to play football."

The match will be the first between Wales and Australia. Former Wales Under-21 defender Rhys Williams has been named in the Socceroos squad, along with seven other British-based players.

Speed will use the game as preparation for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Montenegro (2 September) and England (6 September).

Wales are bottom of Group G having lost all four games so far.

Wales squad to face Australia (KO: 1945 BST) on 10 August, 2011:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion, on loan at Birmingham City)

Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Danny Collins (Stoke City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Danny Gabbidon (Queens Park Rangers), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (capt, Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT)

Strikers: Craig Bellamy (Manchester City), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Steve Morison (Norwich City).

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