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WALES boss Chris Cole­man has de­fended Jack Col­li­son and James Collins af­ter the West Ham pair with­drew from his squad.

Mid­fielder Col­li­son (knee) and de­fender Collins (groin) have been re­placed by Joel Lynch and Robert Earn­shaw for the friendly against Bos­nia in Llanelli.

Col­li­son has been dogged by knee prob­lems in re­cent sea­sons, while Collins has not played for Wales since the Euro 2012 qual­i­fy­ing de­feat by Eng­land in March 2011.

The pair came in for criticism from for­mer Wales in­ter­na­tional Mickey Thomas, but Cole­man sprang to their de­fence.

He said: “I have seen Mickey’s com­ments, he is paid to give his opin­ion but I don’t agree.

“Jack Col­li­son has had a se­ri­ous knee prob­lem, not for six months or 12 months, but for two or three years.

“He has got through games when maybe he shouldn’t have be­cause he wants to play, and he has even come away with Wales when maybe he shouldn’t have.

“But we know Jack very well, he has a lot of de­sire for football, he loves to play for Wales and we love hav­ing him play for Wales – but phys­i­cally he can­not do it.

“James Collins, we think, has a her­nia prob­lem which may need surgery, he can’t play.

“He limped off in a friendly in Por­tu­gal for West Ham.

“They are two play­ers who will al­ways be in my thoughts when I am nam­ing my squad.”

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