Wales boss Chris Coleman claims he would have no problem risking Aaron Ramsey in the Euro 2016 Championships this summer regardless of fitness, despite the midfielder carrying an injury at the moment, as reported by the Mirror.
As the report suggests, Ramsey picked up a calf injury after coming on as a substitute in our FA Cup clash with Hull City. He’s battling to return before the end of the season, and Arsene Wenger is confident he should be back after the international break (via Arsenal.com).
That means he’s obviously going to be back long before the Euros begin, but there’s no telling what impact the injury could have and what lasting effects there may be. Coleman insists that as long as the midfielder is passed fit then he’ll be playing for Wales, regardless of any injury concerns.
“Obviously, if we get the green light and he’s fit for the start of the tournament, it’s a no-brainer – he’s coming,” he said.
“If there’s even half a chance that he could start the tournament then, yes, he’ll be with us. It’s not quite like the situation Roy [Hodgson] has with Jack Wilshere. Aaron hasn’t been out anywhere near as long as Jack has been.
“He’s a super-fit boy and is confident that he will be ready. When I spoke to him I didn’t get the impression for one moment he feared he might not make it.”
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He’s obviously right that there’s a big difference between Ramsey’s situation and Wilshere’s, as the England international has been out the entire season, but he still needs to be mindful of when a player needs to be rested.
Coleman has a history of fielding players who are exhausted or carrying an injury, and he came to loggerheads with Arsene Wenger when he played Ramsey for a full 90 minutes against Andorra (resulting in an injury) despite the player clearly suffering from fatigue and Wales not even needing a victory over the European minnows (via the Daily Mail).
Club and international bosses often disagree, and understandably so. The clubs are the ones paying the wages, but international managers only get the players for a small number of games a year and want to get the most out of them.
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It’s incredibly selfish – and often detrimental to the player’s career – to overuse them and play them into the ground though, so it’s something that needs to be changed.