Aaron Ramsey to miss Wales’ opening EURO 2020 qualifier against Slovakia

Wales v Denmark - UEFA Nations League B
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 16: Aaron Ramsey of Wales during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Denmark at Cardiff City Stadium on November 16, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wales’ head coach Ryan Giggs has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey is not ready for their opening EURO 2020 qualifier against Slovakia.

Aaron Ramsey is still struggling with the thigh injury which ruled him out of Wednesday’s friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago and he did not train with the squad on Saturday.

The Arsenal midfielder is not ready yet and will miss Wales’ opener against Slovakia in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers.

“His injury didn’t clear up in time,’ said the manager of Wales, Ryan Giggs via Daily Mail. “He gave it a try yesterday but it was just too short a turnaround. It’s a blow, especially the form he’s been in, but it gives a chance for somebody else.

“We made sure we had a Plan B, and we’ve worked on that during the week. We’re going to miss someone like Aaron, but we’ve prepared for it as well.”

However, there is also good news for the Wales fans, as their biggest star – Gareth Bale is fully fit and will be available for the game.

Ryan Giggs believes that it is going to be important for his team to get off to a good start.

“It’s important for us to get off to a good start but it’s not going to be easy,” he said.

“They’re coming here with three points and we’ll have to be up for it. We want to be competitive in every qualifying campaign, that’s the level we need to be at consistently. We always a great support and the lads love playing here. We want it to be a fortress.

“We’ve done a lot of experimenting with the system and the players. It’s difficult because we don’t always have the same players available. But we want to get to a consistent level in terms of partnerships across the pitch. There’s been highs and lows, but we want consistency.”

Wales and Slovakia are placed in the group E, alongside the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists – Croatia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.