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Koumas set to miss Wales matches

Midfielder Jason Koumas has struggled with injury this season
Midfielder Jason Koumas has struggled with injury this season

Wales are set to be without Jason Koumas for the friendly with Estonia in Llanelli on 29 May and the World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on 6 June.

BBC Sport Wales understands that the Wigan midfielder will undergo surgery on the hip problem that has dogged him.

But midfield youngsters Andy King and Joe Allen are set to win their first Wales caps in the Estonia match.

If the duo impress in that friendly they may win a call for the tricky trip to Baku to play Azerbaijan.

King, 20, has starred in Leicester's impressive League One title-winning campaign and his performances have attracted Premier League attention.

Allen, 19, made an impact for Swansea when he was given his chance.

Wales boss John Toshack names his squad to face Estonia at Parc y Scarlets on 22 May, with the fixture scheduled as a warm-up game for the encounter against Azerbaijan in Baku.

Toshack already expected to be without experienced Premier League duo Craig Bellamy and Simon Davies, with Koumas' expected withdrawal another blow.


Captain and Manchester City striker Bellamy is set to miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

And Toshack was dealt a further blow when Fulham midfielder Davies was ruled out for the rest of the season after having surgery on a foot problem.

So Allen, King and Reading striker Simon Church, who scored four goals on loan at Leyton Orient this season, are set to be handed their international chance.

They hope to follow Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and West Ham's Jack Collison on to the biggest stage.

Collison is on the road to full recovery after suffering a knee injury in a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic in March and Toshack hopes he will be available for Wales' summer fixtures.

So Allen and King are set to make the step up from the Wales Under-21 team and win their first full Wales cap against Estonia.

Should they perform they could book a seat on the plane to Azerbaijan.

King, who has scored once in six Wales Under-21 appearances, has been one of the stand-out performers for Leicester as they won promotion back into the Championship and he won the club's young player of the season award.

The 11-goal midfielder - who has attracted attention from Premier League sides Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers - was also nominated for the players' player of the season and player of the season awards.

Allen spent part of the season on loan at non-league Wrexham but after Ferrie Bodde's season was curtailed prematurely because of a knee injury in November, Allen was given his chance by Swans boss Roberto Martinez.

The performances of Allen - who has scored once in 11 Wales Under-21 caps - have been hailed by manager and team-mates and now his international dreams are set to be realised.

see also
Davies injury hits Fulham & Wales
01 May 09 |  Fulham
Bellamy may miss rest of season
21 Apr 09 |  Man City
Flynn's fledgling factory
26 Mar 09 |  Welsh
Allen admits international dreams
04 Mar 09 |  Swansea
King thrilled with goal tally
16 Feb 09 |  Football
Allen is Premier quality - Bodde
29 Jan 09 |  Swansea
Allen urged for Wales 'patience'
29 Jan 09 |  Welsh
Martinez praises teenage star Allen
10 Dec 08 |  Swansea
Martinez hails 'catalyst' Allen
10 Dec 08 |  Swansea
Swan Allen joins Wrexham on loan
07 Oct 08 |  Wrexham
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Wales' results archive
10 Oct 05 |  Internationals

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