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Aaron Ramsey doubtful for Wales-Croatia match

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Ryan Giggs announced that Aaron Ramsey faces a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia.

Ramsey is struggling to shake off a thigh injury, and sat out of Wales’ 1-1 draw at Slovakia on Thursday in a Euro 2020 qualifier. However, Giggs hopes to welcome him back for Sunday’s clash with Group E leaders Croatia.

The Juventus midfielder’s availability could prove critical as Wales look to make home advantage count in Cardiff. Victory over the World Cup runners-up will also put them right back into the mix for a spot in Euro 2020.

So, Giggs intends to leave his final decision on Ramsey’s availability for as late as possible.

“We’ve not ruled him out,” the Wales boss told reporters in a pre-match conference on Saturday.

“He’s on a different schedule [to the rest of the squad] obviously staying back and not travelling with the team to Slovakia.

“He stayed back with the physio, so we are just giving him all the time we can. We’ve still got 24 hours so we’ll just see how he is tomorrow morning.”

Should Ramsey make a timely return, Charlton Athletic midfielder Jonny Williams will likely have to make way after starting at Slovakia.

There are also some doubts over Ethan Ampadu, who hasn’t played at all for RB Leipzig since joining them on loan from Chelsea. Giggs even took him off before the hour-mark on Thursday.

And Kieffer Moore, who was on target for Wales against Slovakia, is another big doubt for the Croatia match.

“We will look at Kieffer. He was in the wars the other night. We have to see how we freshen things up,” Giggs said on the Wigan Athletic striker.

Wales are currently fourth in Group E and three points behind second-place Slovakia, who hold the final qualification spot for Euro 2020, on seven points albeit with a game in hand over their rivals.

The Wales and Croatia match starts at 18:00 (CET) on Sunday.

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CARDIFF, WALES – OCTOBER 11: Wales player Aaron Ramsey in action watched by Ethan Ampadu (l) during the International Friendly match between Wales and Spain on October 11, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)