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Coleman misses Wales flight after losing passport

ESPN staff
September 6, 2013
Chris Coleman was in bright spirits at his last press conference - before missing his flight to Macedonia © PA Photos

Wales manager Chris Coleman missed his side's final training session and press conference before their World Cup qualifier in Macedonia after losing his passport.

Coleman was unable to fly with his squad when they travelled from Cardiff to Skopje on Thursday, leaving assistant manager Kit Symons to oversee training at the Arena Philip II before facing the media.

"There were a couple of passport issues which needed to be resolved, and they have been," Symons said. "He will not make training but all the tactical stuff has been done during the week and it's just about the boys stretching their legs tonight, so it will not be a disruption.

"I am sure he will bat it off and get on with it and not be embarrassed."

Coleman later flew out to join his squad after acquiring a new passport, but Wales captain Ashley Williams could not help but joke about the situation.

"I've got my passport," Williams said. "Most people did not realise anything was wrong until we were on the plane."

Wales currently sit sixth in Group A having amassed six points from six games and face Macedonia on Friday before hosting Serbia on Tuesday.

Coleman's contract with the national side expires in 2014, although he is in advanced talks with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) regarding a new deal.

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