Joe Ledley is confident that Wales can cope without his midfield partner Joe Allen for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
The in-form Allen limped off with hamstring trouble in the early second-half stages of Thursday night's 2-2 draw with Austria in Vienna.
Stoke star Allen had earlier scored with a terrific first-half strike, his third goal in as many games for club and country and his second in successive matches for Wales, and is expected to miss the Cardiff clash with Georgia.
"Joe has always been a quality player and more people now are just realising how good he is,'' Ledley said.
"He's always had that ability, we've known it all his career, and it's exactly the same as Wales. We've put this nation on the map and people are starting to notice us.''
Allen's absence comes at a particularly bad time for Wales with fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey currently sidelined by a hamstring problem.
But the pair both sat out Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus exactly two years ago, and Wales still managed to collect four points from those games on the way to reaching the finals.
"It's a big blow to lose Joe, he's a fantastic player,'' Ledley said. "He's my partner in there and we thrive with each other. But it's an opportunity for someone else to come in, get a cap and get a good performance under their belt.''
Wales twice led in Vienna but were pegged back by Marko Arnautovic's double.
After Allen's opener, Wales felt the benefit of Gareth Bale's surprise long throws as Austria struggled to cope with the tactic and defender Kevin Wimmer put through his own net.
"He's had it for years,'' Ledley said of the Bale long throw. "We all knew he had it and we caused them problems all game from set-plays.
"So to launch it in was a good idea and we might do it more often.
"You want to get it down and play, but when we come away from home then maybe that's the answer sometimes.''
Defender Neil Taylor played virtually the entire game at the Ernst Happel Stadion despite a lack of first-team action at Swansea this season.
Taylor has had only 41 minutes of Premier League game-time after falling out of favour under Francesco Guidolin.
But Taylor hopes Guidolin's departure and the arrival of Bob Bradley at Swansea will help his cause, saying: "It was a little bit difficult coming back from the Euros and having that to deal with [losing his place].
"But that was another chapter. When I go back [to Swansea] I think it is going to be exciting.
"I have heard very good things about the new manager. I have not spoken to him but, as soon as I get back on Tuesday, obviously my focus will be on Swansea.''