Wales take on Finland and Bulgaria in the Nations League in September

Ryan Giggs' Wales side will be without four big names when the Nations League campaign kicks off in just a few days' time.

The Wales manager named a 26-man squad earlier this week for the matches against Finland and Bulgaria, but it's now been announced that Juventus' Aaron Ramsey, Bournemouth's David Brooks, Leeds United's Tyler Roberts and Ashley Williams have withdrawn from the squad.

It's a big blow for Ramsey, who would have been hoping to play a more prominent role this campaign after missing six of Wales' eight Euro 2020 qualifiers last year.

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Brooks' inclusion in the squad was his first since the double header with Croatia and Hungary in June 2019. His 2019-20 season was wrecked by an ankle injury, but he returned when the Premier League restarted post-lockdown and has been attracting a number of Premier League suitors right across the country after Bournemouth's relegation.

Roberts, who recently won the Championship with Leeds United, also misses out, as does Ashley Williams, who is unattached to a club at present.

Giggs has since drafted in Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson from the Under-21s squad.

A statement released by the Football Association of Wales on Sunday evening said: "Aaron Ramsey, David Brooks, Tyler Roberts and Ashley Williams all withdraw from the senior squad.

"Ben Woodburn and Brennan Johnson are called up from the U21s as replacements."

No further information has yet been given over the squad withdrawals.

Wales face Finland away on Thursday, September 3 before hosting Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium three days later.

Giggs' troops will take on Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria away from home in October before hosting Republic of Ireland and Finland in the final two Nations League group stage matches in November.

In addition to those competitive outings, Wales will also face England at Wembley Stadium in a friendly on October 8.

Giggs' squad announcement saw first senior call-ups for rising Liverpool star Neco Williams and Swansea City centre-back Ben Cabango, while Hal Robson-Kanu featured for the first time in nearly three years.

Robson-Kanu's fellow Euro 2016 hero Chris Gunter - currently unattached - is included in the squad, although Joe Allen misses out due to injury, as do defenders Chris Mepham and Joe Rodon along with Derby man Tom Lawrence.

Gareth Bale will hope to put his club struggles behind him by once again doing the business for Wales.

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