Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn has received a double blow with the news that Joe Allen and Ched Evans have been ruled out of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria.
Both players have been struggling with groin injuries since joining up with the national squad and have returned to their clubs, Swansea and Sheffield United respectively, for treatment.
However, midfielder Allen and striker Evans will continue to be monitored and Flynn has not ruled out the possibility of the pair rejoining the squad for next week's trip to Switzerland.
He said: "Both have gone back to their clubs for intensive treatment and we are going to reassess the situation on Saturday."
Flynn, who has been placed in temporary charge for Wales' next two qualifying games is already without forwards Craig Bellamy and Rob Earnshaw for the vital fixtures.
Meanwhile, the former Wrexham and Swansea boss insists that he does not have a problem with Dave Jones after the Cardiff manager recalled Bellamy for the Bluebirds' weekend win at Barnsley, in which the striker scored.
"We go back a long way in terms of being enemies in the dugout and friends afterwards," said Flynn.
"It is a good relationship. He has bought players off me and I have got more money out of him when he has bought my players. We get on.
"I don't think Craig could play. I saw him on Tuesday and David informed me then he was still a little sore, so it is unlikely he would have been fit anyway - so I am led to believe."