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WALES' squad for their Euro 2004 qualifier against Azerbaijan has been decimated by injuries, with manager Mark Hughes forced to call up three replacements.

Hughes's plans for the trip to Baku have been severely disrupted by a string of injuries, prompting him to add Reading defender Adrian Williams, Swansea City forward James Thomas and Wigan striker Neil Roberts to his party.

The most notable absentees for Wales are Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage and livewire Newcastle forward Craig Bellamy.

Savage hurt his groin in Birmingham's draw against Fulham on Sunday, an injury which will incense Hughes who was determined to invoke Fifa's four-day ruling and prevent the Welsh firebrand from playing at St Andrews.

Bellamy has withdrawn from the squad after discussions with Magpies manager Bobby Robson, who insisted the ebullient attacker was not fit to travel.

Also out of the journey east are West Brom pair Andy Johnson and Jason Koumas, Everton midfielder Mark Pembridge, Burnley's Gareth Taylor and Wolves striker Nathan Blake.

Welsh coach Hughes also has injury concerns over defensive duo Daniel Gabbidon and Mark Delaney, who are both receiving intensive treatment.

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has linked up with the squad after having two stitches in a head wound incurred against West Ham on Sunday.