Wales boss John Toshack has named both James Collins and Craig Bellamy in his World Cup squad despite the pair not having played a game this season.
Collins has figured in just 45 minutes of a reserve game with QPR this week, having fought back from a knee injury that has kept him out for seven months.
Bellamy, who missed much of last season with stomach and groin muscle injuries, was struck down with a hamstring injury during pre-season, and like his West Ham colleague, Collins, will be struggling to be fit for the World Cup qualifiers, which start in a fortnight.
But Toshack is desperate for some Premier League experience in his squad after Wednesday's disappointing 2-1 defeat by Georgia in Swansea.
So much so that he has also called up Arsenal's £5million teenager Aaron Ramsey, who has still to win a full Wales cap.
Toshack is preparing for an opening group match against Azerbaijan in Cardiff on September 6, with a tough trip to Moscow to face Russia four days later.
Toshack has also recalled all his bright youngsters from the Under-21 squad, having 'lent' his starlets to coach Brian Flynn for Wednesday's UEFA championship qualifier with Romania, which ended up as a disappointing 1-0 defeat.
If Wales had won they would have qualified for the play-offs in October for next summer's finals in Sweden.
As it is, they will probably have to go to Romania on September 9 having to win to secure their future involvement in the competition.
But Toshack has named Wayne Hennessey, Gareth Bale, Chris Gunter, Ramsey, David Edwards, Joe Ledley, Ched Evans and Sam Vokes in the senior squad to face Azerbaijan and Russia.
That will leave Flynn with limited resources in Romania, but Toshack's cause is now the greater with World Cup points at stake.
Toshack will hope that Collins can figure at some stage in the two games, otherwise he will be left with the inexperienced duo of Ashley Williams - a Stockport player last term before his move to Swansea - and Peterborough captain Craig Morgan as his central defensive due.
The only other alternative would be defender Steve Evans who is now playing non-league football following Wrexham's relegation from League Two at the end of the lasts season.
Toshack may be able to release a couple of his younger players after the Azerbaijan game, to bolster Flynn's under-21 side, but that will not be decided until after the first qualifier at the Millennium Stadium.
Wales squad to play Azerbaijan and Russia in World Cup qualifiers on September 6 and 10:
Hennessey (Wolves), Myhill (Hull), Price (Derby), Bale (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), S Evans (Wrexham), Gunter (Tottenham), Morgan (Peterborough), Ricketts (Hull), Williams (Swansea), Crofts (Gillingham), S Davies (Fulham), Edwards (Wolves), Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Tudur Jones (Swansea), Koumas (Wigan), Ledley (Cardiff), Parry (Cardiff), Ramsey (Arsenal), Robinson (Toronto), Stock (Doncaster), Bellamy (West Ham), Cotterill (Sheffield United), Eastwood (Coventry), C Evans (Manchester City), Vokes (Wolves).