Chris Mepham: Injured Bournemouth defender out of Wales squad

Euro 2020 qualifier: Slovakia v Wales
Venue: Anton Malatinský Stadium, Trnava Date: Thursday, 10 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Defender Chris Mepham has withdrawn from Wales' squad for potentially crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia because of injury.

Mepham has been replaced in the squad by MK Dons defender Regan Poole, who is promoted from Wales Under-21s.

Bournemouth defender Mepham has played in three matches for Wales in their qualification campaign and started in their win over Azerbaijan in September.

Captain Ashley Williams could replace Mepham after his recall to the squad.

Ryan Giggs' side are away at Slovakia on Thursday (19:45 BST) before hosting World Cup finalists Croatia on 13 October (19:45).

Croatia go into this round of fixtures at the top of Group E, with 10 points from their five matches.

Slovakia are a point behind in second, with third-placed Hungary also on nine points.

Wales are in fourth place with six points, but they have played a game fewer than their group rivals.

Wales squad:

Hennessey, Ward; A Davies, Gunter, A Williams, B Davies, Taylor, C Roberts, Ampadu, Poole, Lockyer, Rodon, Ramsey, Allen, J Williams, Wilson, Smith, James, Vaulks, Morrell, Bale, Vokes, Lawrence, T Roberts, Matondo, Moore.

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