'Rules are rules' - Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts issues apology after being sent home early by Wales

Leeds United forward Tyler Roberts has issued an apology after being sent home early by Wales.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:10 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:14 pm
SENT HOME - Tyler Roberts has gone back to Leeds United and won't be involved in the World Cup qualifying game against Czech Republic tomorrow. Pic: Getty

The 22-year-old, along with two of his international team-mates, will play no part in Wales' World Cup Qualifying game against Czech Republic tomorrow night.

The Welsh FA issued a statement saying: "Three members of the Cymru senior national squad – Hal Robson-Kanu, Rabbi Matondo and Tyler Roberts – have been released from the Welsh camp today after breaching FAW protocol.

"The three players will be returning to their respective clubs this afternoon. The FAW will not be making any further comment."

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Roberts posted on Instagram: "Gutted to be leaving the camp early but rules are rules and I shouldn't have been up in the hotel later than the set time. Sorry to the team, staff and Wales fans. I will continue to work as hard as I can to earn my place in the squad for the Euros."

The YEP understands the players concerned breached a curfew put in place at the team hotel. But having not breached the Covid-19 secure bubble Roberts will resume training with Leeds United straight away. He's expected to be involved for the Whites this weekend when they return to Premier League action against Sheffield United at Elland Road.

Roberts came on as a second half substitute in Wales' 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Belgium and started Saturday's 1-0 friendly win over Mexico.

This season he has played in 18 top flight games for Marcelo Bielsa and started the last six.