Wales boss Robert Page admits he won’t risk Aaron Ramsey getting overworked with a midfielder for Euro 2020 to come into action after an injury-stricken season at Juventus
Wales boss Robert Page will make sure he doesn’t overwork Aaron Ramsey in the run-up to Euro 2020 after the midfielder had another stuttering season at Juventus.
The 30-year-old started just 13 Serie A games during an injury campaign. He hasn’t played at all since April, while his last international match came in November.
Wales ramp up their preparations against France on Wednesday night, but Page is wary of putting their tournament hopes on the line before it even gets underway.
Wales boss Robert Page doesn’t want to overburden Aaron Ramsey as he prepares for Euro 2020
“Aaron has not played the number of minutes he would have liked in Italy,” he said. ‘We have to sympathize. We can’t push it at 100 miles per hour to begin with.
“It is important that I have the best players in the squad ready for that first game. There’s no point in pushing him out the door and letting someone break if you’re past that point of no return.’
Ben Davies, Joe Allen, Ethan Ampadu and Tom Lockyer are also working their way back into fitness, and Page admitted he had to “take a chance” on some of the selections.
Page warns of pushing Ramsey too hard after injury disrupted Juventus season
“If you push and push, you can push them over the edge and take them out of the competition,” he added. ‘We don’t want that. We have a 26-man squad that we want to protect and make sure everyone is eager to go in the first game against Switzerland.”
Ramsey has not hidden his frustration at another interrupted season that has made it difficult to find his rhythm, but he hopes to be fit for Wales’ opening game on June 12.
Page is unfazed by the uncertainty surrounding Gareth Bale’s future after the Wales captain refused to deny reports that he could retire after the tournament.
Page says he is unimpressed by uncertainty over Gareth Bale’s Wales future
“I have open and honest conversations with Gareth,” Page said. “The priority is that he is in good shape to enter this tournament. What he does after this tournament and in the long run, I have no input whatsoever.
“I don’t want to be a part of that. It’s up to him and his family to decide what to do and what’s best for Gareth.’
Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Joe Rodon is enjoying the chance to take on France on Wednesday night, who are expected to face Karim Benzema for the first time since 2015.
“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game,” he said. “We want to be in these games, and it will only make us better.”