READING FC duo Chris Gunter and Dave Edwards will be attempting to send Wales closer to the 2018 World Cup in the coming days.

The pair are both included in Chris Coleman’s squad for back-to-back qualifiers against Georgia and Republic of Ireland.

Wales take on Georgia in Tbilisi tonight (5pm) where a win would see them hold on to second place in Group D behind leaders Serbia.

Then on Monday Coleman’s side – missing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale through injury – host third-placed Republic of Ireland in Cardiff for a match that is likely to decide who finishes group runner-up and possibly seals a play-off spot (7.45pm).

Gunter will be making his 82nd appearance for Wales tonight and will be playing his 62nd international game in succession, while Edwards will earn his 42nd cap if he is involved.

It has already been a successful week for the duo after Gunter was crowned Wales Player of the Year on Monday – ending Bale’s four-year run – while Edwards scooped the Wales Media award.

Royals striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is also hoping to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia with Iceland.

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Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is on duty with Iceland.

His country are away to Turkey tonight (7.45pm) and then host Kosovo on Monday (7.45pm) as they look to clinch a top-two spot in a tight Group I.

Elsewhere, Royals midfielder Leandro Bacuna is in the Curacao squad for a friendly in Qatar on Tuesday (5pm) while goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is in the Finland squad for their away clash in Croatia tonight and home fixture against Turkey on Monday (both 7.45).

Meanwhile, Reading defender Axel Andresson is on Iceland duty for Euro Under 21 qualifiers away to Slovakia and Albania Academy striker Danny Loader is with the England squad set to compete in the Under 17 World Cup in India.

Fellow youngster Jordan Holsgrove played 90 minutes for Scotland U19s in a 1-0 home defeat to France on Wednesday night. The teams meet again in a rematch this Saturday (12pm).