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Williams Injured In Wales Loss

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16:34 9th September 2013


Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has pulled put of the Wales squad for tomorrow night's game with Serbia after picking up an injury during their defeat in Macedonia on Friday night.

The 19 year old has returned to the club over the weekend to attempt to recover from the knock which forced him to leave the field after 62 minutes in Skopje after a robust challenge from Agim Ibraimi, and was unable to help his side fall to a 2-1 loss that sees their slim hopes of qualification for next summer's World Cup extinguished.

Chris Coleman's side conceded an 80th minute goal to succumb to defeat, in a game that saw Danny Gabbidon fail to appear from the substitutes bench, to end their chances of reaching Brazil.

One man who did go to Brazil was skipper Mile Jedinak, who along with Williams was one of three Eagles selected to play for their respective countries during the weekend's matches across the globe, but it was a game he won't want to dwell on after his Australia side were thumped 6-0 by Brazil in Brasilia.

The Palace captain played 62 minutes before being replaced but the hosts were too strong for the Socceroos. Jo had already given the home side the lead before Jedinak was forced to clear the ball off the line in the 17th minute, but the former Manchester City striker helped himself to another before Neymar, Ramires, Alexandre Pato and Luiz Gustavo chipped in with goals.

The third player to pick up a cap over the weekend was Kagisho Dikgacoi, who put in a sterling performance for South Africa to collect a comfortable 4-1 win against Botswana however it wasn't enough to secure qualification as Bafana Bafana will miss out on next summer's tournament.

KG got 66 minutes on the pitch and played very well including setting up a goal, and received plenty of praise from his national coach Gordon Igesund after the full-time whistle.

Two more Palace players travelled with their countries but didn't feature during the 90 minutes. Deadline day signing Barry Bannan watched his Scotland side from the bench, unable to do anything about their 2-0 defeat to Belgium at Hampden Park but may hope to feature in Macedonia tomorrow night.

Damien Delaney was another to see his faint chances of being involved in Brazil next summer end as his Republic of Ireland side lost 2-1 to Sweden, but they have a chance to get another win on the board when they travel to Austria.

Two other new signings may also get an opportunity to play for their countries this week as Adlene Guedioura's Algeria face Mali having already secured their spot in the African World Cup play-offs, and Adrian Mariappa may add to his 12 caps when Jamaica take on Costa Rica.