Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey withdrew from the Wales squad to face Panama in the Cardiff City stadium on Tuesday night, in a friendly between the two nations.
Panama, who qualified for the World Cup for the first time in their history will be given the opportunity to test their resilience against a European opposition.
Coming in to this match, Wales have suffered two defeats, most recent a 2-0 loss to in-form France. But their devastating 1-0 defeat against Ireland in their final World Cup qualifier, meant they were unable to book a spot in next summer’s World Cup, which will take place in Russia.
On the other hand, Panama also suffered a 2-1 defeat to Asian giants Iran on Thursday, increasing their poor away record to losing 4 out of 5 games on the road. Whereas, Wales have a good home record, despite their loss to Ireland, winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 1 out of their recent 5 games.
Chris Coleman side struggled to create meaningful chances against France, as Wales were without their main striking force Gareth Bale and Hal Robson Kanu.
Coleman will also be without Ramsey, as he joins fellow Wales teamates Bale and Robson Kanu on the sidelines for Tuesday home fixture.
Ramsey, who played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to France on Friday will be replaced by Scunthorpe United’s Andrew Crofts. Coleman will also look to give opportunities to Ben Woodburn and Ethan Ampadu who showed prospect during their second half debuts in Paris.
The Los Canaleros could have one injury concern, as midfielder Marcos Sanchez was forced of in the game against Iran, which could see Michael Murillo deputise.
Throughout the World Cup qualifiers, Wales have been a hard team to break down at home and that’s where Panama will have a problem because the away side have failed hit the back of the net in 5 away fixtures since March.
As this will be the first time the teams will meet, they will both like to make a mark on this occasion, with Wales aiming to bounce back from their two consecutive defeats. Panama will look to cause an upset and prove they deserve their spot in the 2018 World Cup by going head to head with a strong European side.