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By ESPN Staff

Toshack welcomes Koumas to last-chance saloon

Jason Koumas has been recalled to the Wales squad and told by boss John Toshack he is on his last chance in terms of saving his international career.

The Wrexham-born midfielder spent the summer in dispute with West Brom - prior to Bryan Robson's sacking - and has also annoyed Toshack with a string of controversial withdrawals from Wales squads.

Now Koumas is back training with the midlands club after being fined heavily for effectively going on strike in his long-running dispute with Robson.

And that return to The Hawthorns fold has won 27-year-old Koumas a final chance under Toshack.

The Wales boss said: 'I have told him what I want in no uncertain terms. He knows the score now.

'He has been saying how keen he is to be involved and wants to put the troubles of the past behind, and we have accepted the reasons he has given us for pulling out of squads.

'We have to look to the future and get something settled, we can't just have people coming in and out of the squad like he has been doing - when it suits them.

'He is aware of my thinking and I hope we do not have any more problems. I know we won't. I don't expect any more problems, maybe one more, but that will be the last!'

Toshack added: 'I have spoken to Jason a lot recently, and at least he is back with the club and in the side. I understand West Brom are pleased with him after the problems of the summer.

'He has started two games and is still young enough to be a member of the Wales side for five or six years.

'He knows what I think, he knows what he should be doing. He must also realise that there are youngsters coming through into midfield and performing well for their clubs.

'At least he is involved, and we will see how he is when he joins up with the squad. Hopefully he will start for West Brom against Leeds on Saturday, and then we will take it from there.'

With Ryan Giggs almost certainly out of Wales' Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Slovakia and Cyprus in Cardiff on October 7 and 11, Koumas could find himself back in the starting line-up.

Toshack is also without Mark Delaney (knee) and Sam Ricketts (fractured cheekbone), who have had recent operations, while Carl Fletcher is doubtful with an ankle problem.

Toshack named a 24-man squad yesterday and could add John Hartson and Wrexham's Chris Llewellyn to that party by the weekend.