Third time unlucky

IT will not be third time lucky for Lewis Price, as a hip injury will end his hopes of making his senior international debut in the World Cup qualifiers tonight.

By Derek Davis

IT will not be third time lucky for Lewis Price, as a hip injury will end his hopes of making his senior international debut in the World Cup qualifiers tonight.

Although the Blues keeper is keen to play, and Welsh manager John Toshack wants to hand him his first cap, Price (pictured right) will not be risked until he is fully fit.

Price was due to make his bow against Slovenia in August but a knee injury sustained while playing against Leicester, knocked that back. He was then going to start on Saturday against Northern Ireland but the hip injury picked up in training made that impossible.


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Although the injury is not serious, it is enough for Toshack not to risk him tonight against Azerbaijan at the Millennium Stadium and Paul Jones will keep his place and win his 45th cap.

The Bournemouth-born keeper, who qualifies for Wales through his Welsh dad, is understood to have aggravated the problem by training without his specially-adapted padded shorts, made for him by a laundry lady at Ipswich.

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While Price will be bitterly disappointed, it means he will have his shorts back in time for training and will more than likely be fit to face Reading in the Championship on Sunday.

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