Gabbidon ready to return
The West Ham defender has not played for his country since the 0-0 draw against Germany in Frankfurt in November 2007 and his last competitive senior game for the Hammers was a Carling Cup tie against Everton a month later.
Since then Gabbidon, 30 tomorrow, has missed 15 internationals and battled against a succession of injuries relating to complex abdominal problems.
But today Wales boss John Toshack was finally able to name the former Cardiff man in his squad, while also recalling Craig Bellamy, who has not played for his country since March because of a knee injury.
There is also a comeback for Gabbidon's club-mate James Collins, who has missed two internationals with back trouble.
Toshack is without goalkeeper Boaz Myhill (hand), defender Gareth Bale (knee) and midfielder Simon Davies (foot), while Blackpool's David Vaughan has been given compassionate leave because of his wife's pregnancy.
For Gabbidon this recall is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel, when at times there were concerns that he would ever play again.
In fact, his first full 90 minutes for West Ham since the injury was only last week in China, when Gabbidon scored in the 2-0 win over Beijing Guoan in the Barclays Asia Trophy.
Otherwise, Gabbidon had appeared briefly in four other pre-season friendlies.
Gabbidon said after the game in Beijing: "The game and the goal made me feel better about myself, it was good to be back. You do get down and wonder when you're going to get back. But you have to stay positive as negative thoughts don't help.
"Obviously you do get days where you are doing the same (rehabilitation) work all of the time and wondering if you're getting anywhere, and some days you just don't want to do it.
"I had a couple of days at the end of last season training with Wales, with West Ham's permission, and that was a really big boost after what has been my hardest time in football.
"My wife has suffered the brunt of my frustration when I used to come home from training miserable, and she and my family are the ones who have been there to support and encourage me."
He added: "The West Ham players have been great, too. They were all happy to see me back out training at the end of last season, which was nice.
"And the manager (Gianfranco Zola) kept asking me when I was coming back. I've had good physios and medics at West Ham and have worked hard and remained positive.
"But it is tough not being able to do the job that you love and something you take for granted when you're playing regularly. What I've gone through makes you stronger mentally as I've been out for a very long time.
"When you see your team-mates playing you want to be out there so it makes you more determined to get back out there with your mates. The experience has made me love the game more."
Gabbidon is expected to start the match against Montenegro next week despite his long lay-off.