Ethan Ampadu out but Wales call up Man City's Rabbi Matondo

Ethan Ampadu
Ethan Ampadu made his senior Wales debut against France in November 2017
International friendly: Albania v Wales
Venue: Elbasan Arena, Elbasan Date: Tue, 20 Nov Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary; also highlights on BBC One Wales from 22:40 GMT.

Ethan Ampadu has withdrawn from Wales' squad for the friendly against Albania in Elbasan on Tuesday.

Ampadu, 18, was a second-half substitute in Wales' 2-1 defeat to Denmark on Friday but will not travel to Albania and has returned to Chelsea.

Uncapped Manchester City teenager Rabbi Matondo has been called up by Ryan Giggs.

The 18-year-old is in City's under-23 squad and is yet to feature in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola.

Rabbi Matondo (L)
Rabbi Matondo is seen here playing in the Uefa Youth League for Manchester City against Hoffenheim in October, 2018

Matondo's inclusion follows the withdrawals of defenders James Chester and Paul Dummett because of injury.

Both players were hurt during Wales' 2-1 Nations League defeat by Denmark at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday.

Wales are also without Matt Smith, who will not travel after being released to play for FC Twente in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Having been born in Liverpool, Matondo is dual-qualified for Wales and England.

His family moved to Cardiff when he was a child and he was in Cardiff City's academy before switching to Manchester City in July 2016.

Matondo has played for Wales age-grade teams, including in the 2019 European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Wales boss Giggs has confirmed Reading defender Chris Gunter will start in Albania.

Gunter will win his 93rd cap to take him past Neville Southall as Wales' most capped player.


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