Wales worry for Gabbidon

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John Toshack is not confident about Daniel Gabbidon being fit for Wales' Euro 2008 qualifiers, although the defender is hoping to feature.

Gabbidon, who resumes training this week after a groin injury, has been named in the Wales squad for the games with Republic of Ireland and San Marino later this month.

He is anxious to get back into action, but is reluctant to commit himself to being ready for international duty.

"Wales have games coming up in the next couple of weeks and I'd like to be involved in that, but I don't want to say too much in case it doesn't happen," Gabbidon told West Ham's official website.

"I just want to get back to training as quickly as possible and then I'll see where I am.

"I have got the internationals in mind and if I can get back for those two games, which are big games for us, that would be good."

Wales coach Toshack is less optimistic about Gabbidon's prospects, although he is more hopeful of having the centre-half's West Ham team-mate James Collins available for selection.

Toshack said: "I have spoken to Collins and he seems very upbeat, he's been training with the first team at West Ham and could be involved at Blackburn on Saturday.

"But I have also spoken to Danny and he does not sound as confident.

"He had a little setback last week following his very serious groin problems and has not been able to start training as soon as he would have liked.

"At the moment I am not at all confident about him."