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TAKE IT STEADY: Page won’t risk players like Ramsey

TAKE IT STEADY: Page won’t risk players like Ramsey

 

Wales boss Robert Page will take no risks rushing back key players for Wednesday’s friendly in France after admitting that some may not fully recover in time for the start of Euro 2020.

Juventus playmaker Aaron Ramsey, Stoke midfielder Joe Allen and Tottenham defender Ben Davies are all heading into the European Championship having had little or no game time since the end of March.

“We have players that are coming back from injury,” Page said ahead of Wales’ clash with the world champions in Nice.

“We can’t see into the future, we don’t know whether they are going to fully recover. So we have had to take a gamble on a couple of them anyway.”

 

Ramsey Risk

 

Ramsey has played just three games for Juventus since March and is a big doubt for Wales’ opening match against Switzerland.

“Aaron has not played the amount of minutes that he would have liked in Italy and we have to be sympathetic.

“We can’t push him at 100 miles per hour to start with. What is important is I have all the best players in the squad ready for that first (Euro 2020) game against Switzerland.

“It’s pointless pushing him early doors and have somebody break down when you are past that point of no return and they are out for the first couple of games.”

 

Ben Davies

 

Tottenham left-back Davies hasn’t featured since March 21 because of a calf problem

“Ben Davies and all the lads that haven’t played many minutes, we have to manage their minutes,” Page said.

“You can’t expect those players to go straight into playing France for 90 minutes without having repercussions. It’s common sense.”

Page’s side will take on Albania on Saturday following Wednesday’s clash against France.

Wales will then start their Euro 2020 campaign against Switzerland in Baku on June 12 before completing their Group A fixtures against Turkey and Italy.


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