Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey has been passed fit to play for Wales tonight against Macedonia in their World Cup qualifier after missing out on training with the international team.
Ramsey was substituted during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against West Brom last weekend in the Premier League after suffering a dead leg but has recovered in time to play for his country.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Wales manager Chris Coleman said
“It [the captaincy] was not a difficult decision to make with the way he has been playing this season,” said Coleman.
“He has got a knock, he came off for Arsenal at the weekend with a dead leg and we have been managing that.
“He will not train today but we expect him to be available for Friday night.”
Ramsey has scored eight goals this season in all competitions and will captain the Wales side in t absence of the injured Ashley Williams.
Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny was not quite so fortunate, however. The defender picked up a calf strain while training with France and will miss tonight’s friendly against Australia. The injury is not thought to be serious and he has remained with French squad.
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has been tweeting photographs of himself as he works to get fit. The playmaker has been sidelined since he picked up an ankle injury during the last international break. It is hoped that he will be available for Arsene Wenger when the teams return from the international break. Cazorla tweeted
‘Working hard to come back as soon as possible.’