posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 10:35 AM
Andy Johnson has been forced to withdraw from the Wales squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers with England and Poland.
Johnson has been ruled out with a back injury, while Nottingham Forest striker Gareth Taylor has also pulled out with a knee problem.
This follows the withdrawal of defender Robert Page who has returned to his club, Cardiff, for treatment on cracked ribs.
The absence of Johnson will be a major blow to Hughes as the Baggies player had been a candidate to replace the suspended Robbie Savage.