Aaron Ramsey is included in Wales ’squad for World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and the Czech Republic, despite concerns about a thigh injury.
The midfielder missed Juventus win 3-1 over Cagliari on Sunday night, while the Serie A team on Saturday confirmed that Ramsey’s absence boils down to a “low-grade lesion” on his left thigh. Ramsey will be assessed by Wales ’medical team before a trip to Belgium, on March 24, live Sky Sports main event.
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Joe Allen and Wayne Hennessey were recalled after recovering from injuries, while the Tottenham trio of Gareth Bale, Ben Davies and Joe Rodon have all been in the squad since Monday appointed by Robert Page.
Page is placed under the supervision of a team after manager Ryan Giggs was arrested on bail in November after a reported quarrel with his “on-off girlfriend” Kate Greville.
Giggs’ bail was extended until May 1 after allegations of an attack, which he denies. The 47-year-old also missed games against the United States, the Republic of Ireland and Finland after being arrested four months ago.
There’s no room for David Brooks who is on the sidelines with an ankle problem, while Newport goalkeeper Tom King is the only unlimited member of the team.
Said Giggs will continue to make a contribution to the team, as was the case during the games he missed last year.
“It’s the same as in November, exactly the same. Nothing different,” he said. “I’m proud to lead the guys again, but it’s common and that’s our main focus.
“[Giggs will have an input] like any other camp. All the staff will have a contribution, so we will all gather and talk about the detachment, the opposition and the analysis.
“Yes, I’m here right now as the main man, but it won’t be any different from what it was in November; he will have his contribution, and rightly so.”
He said there was no question that he would be the man to lead Wales on the euro amid uncertainty about Giggs’ future in the business.
“No, not at all,” he said. “We take every camp the way it comes. It’s hard for Ryan at the moment, but we have to make sure we focus on the players, we have to stay focused on the job we have.
“It’s an exciting few months we have, and we just want to look forward to the next away game in Belgium.”
Regarding Ramsey’s thigh, Page added: “It’s still going on; we’re still researching it. We’ve obviously named him on the team because he’s a big part of what we want to do and how we play.
“Of course we want him on the team, we would love to take him to camp, have a look at him and evaluate him for ourselves.
“It’s just the current situation that we’re going to assess on a daily basis, but the thumbs will have it when we meet on Sunday.”
After the match against Belgium, Wales faced Mexico in a friendly match on March 27 at Cardiff City Stadium, before playing against the Czech Republic on March 30.
Detachment from Wales
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey, Daniel Ward, Adam Davies, Tom King
Defenders: Chris Gunter, Ben Davies, Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham, Tom Lockyer, Joe Rodon, James Lawrence, Neco Williams, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Ben Cabango
Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Jonathan Williams, Harry Wilson, Daniel James, Matthew Smith, Joe Morrell, Dylan Levitt, Brennan Johnson, Josh Sheehan
Attackers: Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, Tom Lawrence, Kieffer Moore, Tyler Roberts, Rabbi Matondo