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Wales rule out Aaron Ramsey for Croatia showdown

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Wales have confirmed that the injured Aaron Ramsey will be a no-show again ahead of tonight’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia.

Ramsey has been struggling with a thigh injury for Wales during the international break, and missed Thursday’s 1-1 draw in Slovakia.

While he didn’t play in the 2-1 Serie A win over Inter Milan last weekend, the Juventus midfielder allegedly first felt pain in his thigh back then. However, he still reported back to Wales this week.

Ramsey was undoubtedly desperate to get back out on the field having not played for Wales in almost an entire year. This was due to an abductor injury he suffered during his final season with Arsenal.

Despite training by himself in Cardiff on Saturday, however, Ryan Giggs had hoped he would recover to face Croatia.

But it turns out it wasn’t to be, with the 28-year-old to remain on the sidelines as Wales chase a badly-needed win tonight.

The Dragons 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.

Therefore, victory over World Cup finalists Croatia in Cardiff will put their qualification hopes right on track.

Although Giggs is aware that beating Zlatko Dalic’s men is another story.

“We will have to play better than the other night,” said the Wales boss on Saturday.

“We need full concentration against a very talented team, one of the best teams in the world. I would say Croatia are favourites.”

He added: “They are the favourites purely because of the players that they have got.

“What Croatia have done in recent times has been amazing. We need to be at our best against a special team with special players.

“I think against most countries they would be favourites. But we are at home and have a good record in Cardiff.”

On the bright side for Giggs, though, Gareth Bale confirmed that there are no problems with his knee despite the knock he received in Slovakia.

The Wales and Croatia match starts at 20:45 (CET).

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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)