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Nov 4, 2019, 4:03:00 PM

Ramsey returns for Wales

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been included in the Wales squad and is expected to be available for Wales’ next assignments.

Ryan Giggs’ side face vital games against Azerbaijan and Hungary in Euro 2020 qualifying Group E that will determine their qualification fate.

On 16th November, Wales travel to Baku to take on Azerbaijan, and three days later they return to the Cardiff City Stadium to face Hungary.

Wales go into the final round of group fixtures in fourth place, two points behind Slovakia, and will need to win both of their remaining games to have a chance of qualification, which will also depend on Slovakia dropping points in either of their remaining matches against Azerbaijan and Croatia.

Ramsey was unable to play in either of October’s qualifiers due to injury after being included in the original squad for those matches, but he has returned to action in Serie A for Juventus, which will give Giggs encouragement that one of his key players will be firing on all cylinders for these games.  

Giggs will also be hoping that Gareth Bale is ready to play his part, having been included in the squad, despite being out of action at Real Madrid since Wales’ draw with Croatia last month. 

Among the other players named in the squad are James Lawrence, who currently plays for FC St. Pauli, and uncapped midfielder Dylan Levitt of Manchester United.

There is also a call-up to the squad for centre-half Regan Poole, another former Manchester United player, now plying his trade at Milton Keynes Dons – he was called into the squad as a replacement ahead of the Slovakia game last month, after Chris Mepham picked up an injury. 

Mepham is available for these two games and has returned to the squad, but Giggs will have to cope without a number of players, the most notable being Joe Allen, who is suspended for the game in Baku, though he will be able to pay in the second qualifier.

Wales will also be without defender Joe Rodon and midfielders Dave Brooks and Jonny Williams, who have all picked up injuries with their clubs.

Giggs’ side beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in Cardiff in the reverse fixture but lost 1-0 in Hungary, though they are likely to go into both of their next two games as favourites with sports betting companies.

Words: Man Ngo

Images: PA