Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale has been named in Wales' squad for their FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures with Macedonia and Belgium.
However, manager Chris Coleman confirmed the 24-year-old will not feature in either match as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.
The 24-year-old's inclusion was in doubt after he was forced to miss Real's 4-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Bale was also absent for the recent 2-1 victory away to Elche, and managed just 45 minutes as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 1-0 loss to city rivals Atletico Madrid.
"We have spoken to the doctor and we will be without him," Coleman said.
"But we said all along it is very tough for him to have had no pre-season and be thrown in at the deep end."
Wales will go into their final fixtures sat bottom of Group A in the European qualifying section, in desperate need of positive results in their final two games in order to boost their coefficient ranking for future campaigns.
Key to their hopes could be the form of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The 22-year-old has had a terrific start to the season with a host of impressive performances, as well as contributing four goals in six Premier League appearances.
Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy is once again likely to lead the line and he could be partnered by in-form Burnley striker Sam Vokes.
The former Wolves man has seven Championship goals to his name already this season, a return that has helped his side to the top of the table.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (West Brom), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers).
Defenders: Ben Davies (Swansea City), Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace), Chris Gunter (Reading), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Samuel Ricketts (Wolves), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool), Jack Collison (West Ham), Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion), Declan John (Cardiff City), Andy King (Leicester City) , Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), David Vaughan (Sunderland).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Simon Church (Charlton Athletic), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley).
|Coach: C. Coleman|
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