International friendly: Wales looking to restore confidence against Austria
Last Updated: 06/02/13 11:05am
Chris Coleman: Has endured a tough start to life in international management
Wales will be looking to restore rocked confidence when they welcome Austria to the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday for a friendly encounter.
Chris Coleman has endured a tough start to life in international management, with six defeats suffered in seven outings.
Three of those setbacks have come in World Cup qualifiers, leaving Wales seven points off the pace in the battle to secure a top-two finish in Group A.
Qualification would appear to be slipping away from them, but a midweek meeting with Austria offers an opportunity to get back on track before competitive action returns in March.
The visitors to Swansea have hardly made a flying start to their World Cup bid either, with three fixtures bringing four points.
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Austria are alongside the likes of Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Germany in Group C, so have it all to do if they are to reach Brazil 2014.
They are, however, an improving side and will arrive in Wales looking to claim a morale-boosting success.
Uncapped Bristol City defender James Wilson could make his Wales debut on Wednesday.
Wilson, 23, was called up by Coleman on Tuesday following the withdrawal from the squad of Huddersfield defender Joel Lynch.
Goalkeeper Jason Brown, a free agent after leaving Aberdeen, replaces Lewis Price, who has pulled out for family reasons.
Craig Bellamy is expected to start up front after returning from a lengthy international absence, while midfielder Jack Collison is also back.
Steve Morison, James Collins and Neil Taylor are all sidelined along with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
However, Coleman can call upon star man Gareth Bale and believes this is the strongest squad he has had at his disposal thus far into his reign.
For Austria, West Ham new-boy Emanuel Pogatetz and Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann could both feature.