Chris Coleman is not confident that Aaron Ramsey will be back in time for the Euro 2016 Championships in France this summer, and suggests he’s concerned by the nature of his injury, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Welsh midfielder picked up a calf injury when he came on as a substitute against Hull City in the FA Cup, and has already missed a sizeable chunk of the campaign. Arsene Wenger claims he expects him to return after the international break (via Arsenal.com), but Coleman isn’t as confident.
Speaking ahead of Wales’ clash with Ukraine, he said: “I am hoping he is going to get a couple of games in with Arsenal but who knows?
“It could be one of those things that is prolonged and he doesn’t make the recovery everyone expects.
“But if there’s half a chance he is going to start the tournament then he is coming.”
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if Ramsey were to see his return date pushed back, as it’s something we see far too often at Arsenal. A few days so often turns into two weeks, and it’s not uncommon for that two weeks to turn into two months.
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We obviously want to see Ramsey back to full fitness as soon as possible, as we need all the depth we can muster heading into these last few games. That said though, the midfield pairing of Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin looks to be working superbly, and is arguably much more balanced than any involving Ramsey.
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While he’s obviously been an important player for us over the years, the 25-year-old is arguably far more valuable to Wales. They don’t have an abundance of quality, and without Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey they are a far weaker looking side. Without Ramsey this summer Coleman’s team are likely to really struggle.