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'Do I feel lucky to have survived? Definitely.': Wales star Kieffer Moore opens up on his fractured skull horror ahead of Azerbaijan clash Kieffer Moore is expected to lead the line for Wales against Azerbaijan The Wigan forward had sustained a fractured skull while playing for Barnsley  The severe injury had happened in the clash against Gillingham on February 9 Moore compared the fracture to the one that forced Ryan Mason into retirement 

By Tom Collomosse For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 14 November 2019 | Updated: 00:00 GMT, 15 November 2019

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Wales' new hero Kieffer Moore has opened up on the horrifying ordeal that nearly cost him his career and placed his life in danger.

The Wigan forward is expected to lead the line for Ryan Giggs' side in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday, with Wales needing to win in Baku and at home to Hungary three days later.

Moore is establishing himself quickly at this level after scoring in the 1-1 draw in Slovakia last month, on only his third appearance at this level.

Wales' new hero Kieffer Moore has opened up on the ordeal that nearly cost him his career

Wales' new hero Kieffer Moore has opened up on the ordeal that nearly cost him his career

Yet whatever the challenges of international football, Moore will back himself to overcome them after sustaining a fractured skull while playing for Barnsley at Gillingham on February 9 - which he says was comparable to the one that forced Ryan Mason into retirement when he was injured playing for Hull against Chelsea in January 2017.

'It was a horrendous injury,' he recalled. 'At the time I didn't remember much. As the

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