Passport trouble delays Coleman
Wales manager Chris Coleman has been delayed in travelling to Macedonia for Friday's World Cup qualifier due to passport issues.
The former Fulham boss was not present at the Philip II Arena for Wales' pre-match press conference, nor for their final training session at the venue.
A tweet on the Football Association of Wales' official account read: "Manager Chris Coleman will arrive in Skopje later tonight (Thursday) after a passport issue delayed his departure from Cardiff."
It is understood Coleman's assistant Kit Symons will instead face the media and put the Dragons through their paces until Coleman arrives later on Thursday evening.
The FAW has yet to confirm what the nature of Coleman's passport issue is but the incident represents an embarrassing episode with the 43-year-old close to agreeing an extension to his contract.
When Symons faced the media, he and the FAW refused to clarify what had caused Coleman to be delayed, but it is understood he lost his passport and, having obtained a replacement, was travelling from Heathrow to Skopje via Vienna.
Symons said: "There were a couple of passport issues which needed to be resolved and they have been and he will be landing imminently.
"It was a minor issue which has been dealt with so there are no dramas.
"He will not make training but all the tactical stuff has been done and it's just about the boys stretching their legs, so it will not be a disruption.
"I have not spoken to him since this morning, I am sure he will bat it off and get on with it and not be embarrassed."
Captain Ashley Williams appeared amused by the incident, joking: "I've got my passport!"
He added: "Most people did not realise anything was wrong until we were on the plane, he is touching down any moment I think.
"I don't think it is too much of a big deal to be honest, it is something that can happen to any of us, we are all human.
"We had our meeting yesterday and we will have meetings tonight and tomorrow, and I am sure it will not be a disruption."
Coleman's absence managed the impossible by ensuring Gareth Bale was not the number one topic of conversation at a Wales press conference.
The winger completed his world-record move to Real Madrid and was unveiled to the Bernabeu faithful on Monday before jetting back to Cardiff to join up with his Wales team-mates.
The 24-year-old has made it clear he wants to play in Friday's fixture, but the Wales camp are remaining coy on whether they are prepared to risk starting him given he has not played since July.
Symons said: "It is fantastic to have him as part of the squad, although we are aware of how little training he has done.
"He is fit for selection, but we are fully conscious of what he has actually done in terms of training and we have to do the right thing by the players.
"He has attracted some attention over here. Everyone knows who he is and he will not be under the radar.
"But he hasn't been playing for a while. He ripped the Premier League up last season and this can only help Welsh football. It can only be a good thing."
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