Wales star Aaron Ramsey has, on Thursday, spoken out over his fitness, ahead of his nation’s European Championships opener this weekend.
Wales’ road ahead
Rob Page’s men are set to kick their Euro 2020 campaign off in a meeting with Switzerland on Saturday afternoon.
The clash marks just the 2nd of the tournament, with Wales of course set to head into proceedings with fond memories of their odds-defying campaign in 2016 still fresh in the memory.
On that occasion, the Dragons made it all the way to the semi-finals of the tournament, before being ousted by eventual champions Portugal.
67% – Having won four of their six games at the European Championships (all in 2016), Wales have the highest win % of any side in the competition’s history (67%). Dragons. #AskOpta https://t.co/HPrOwiiH7e
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This time around, though, Wales are faced with a major challenge in even navigating their way out of the Group stage.
This comes with Page and co. having been pitted against all of 4-time world champions Italy, an up-and-coming Turkey and the aforementioned Switzerland in Euro 2020’s Group A.
‘It was planned’
As such, it goes without saying that Wales will be keen to get off to a strong start in their tournament opener this weekend.
It therefore no doubt marked a major source of concern for the Dragons faithful when, earlier today, it was confirmed that star midfielder Aaron Ramsey had not featured in his side’s penultimate pre-Euros training session on Thursday.
In turn, it came as little surprise when the Juventus star, who has of course battled fitness issues throughout his career, was this evening drawn on his wellbeing during a press conference.
And Ramsey went on to…