World Cup blow for Wales with injury poised to keep out Norrington-Davies

  • Defender sustained hamstring injury with Sheffield United
  • Wales hopeful Swansea’s Joe Allen will be fit to play in Qatar

Rhys Norrington-Davies is set to miss the World Cup owing to a hamstring injury sustained playing for Sheffield United but Wales are hopeful Joe Allen will be fit for the tournament in Qatar.

Norrington-Davies has been one of the most consistent performers for Paul Heckingbottom’s high-flying Blades side and was in line to be in Wales’s 26-man squad for their first World Cup in 64 years. The 23-year-old has 13 caps but the versatile wing-back, who has also played at centre-back, sustained the injury at Coventry last Wednesday.

Allen is regarded as touch and go because of a hamstring complaint, with the Swansea head coach, Russell Martin, admitting the midfielder was angry and upset after being forced off against Hull City last month.

Gareth Bale is in line to captain Wales at the World Cup as Los Angeles FC continue to carefully manage his workload. The 33-year-old missed LAFC’s recent Western Conference playoff victory against LA Galaxy after being omitted from the squad as a precaution because of a leg injury.


Ben Fisher

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