LEDLEY IS READY
Wales manager Chris Coleman says Joe Ledley is okay to play for the country in their Euro 2016 campaign. Coleman says the midfielder who suffered the injury on 7 May and is in a race to recover in time for Wales' Euro 2016 campaign will be okay.
The 29-year old midfielder will travel with Wales' training squad to Portugal this week. Coleman, who just signed a contract extension of two more years, admits Ledley's involvement will be the biggest decision he faces before naming his final 23-man squad on 31 May.
"At the minute he is good, is fine and feels okay. I spoke with him the day of the Cup final, had a good chat with him and he feels okay, so that's good news. It will be the biggest decision I am going to have to make."
Minor fractures can take up to six weeks to heal, though the recovery time for more severe fibula injuries can be about three months. Ledley had bad luck with the injury, and recovery has been slow.
“We've just got to look at him and say, is he in a position where he can affect the tournament for us, is he going to have enough time to get to a level of fitness where we can use him when we need him, or is it going to be too early for him," Coleman continued. You can get Wales at 50/1 to win if you use a welcome offer at Betfred.
"It's a big week for Joe and for us because he has been very, very important to us. He's played as big a part as anybody in the success we've had. I'm hoping and praying he will be okay because he deserves to be there."
Wales begin their Euro 2016 finals campaign against Slovakia on Saturday, 11 June before facing England in Lens on the 16th with the final group game against Russia in Toulouse in Pool B on the 20th. They are currently odds on to ualify from hteir group, with bookmaker StanJames offering odds of 10/1 to win the group outright.