Injury boost: Manager confirms midfielder will be fit for Tottenham v Arsenal clash
By George Brooks
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be fit for Saturday’s north London derby with Tottenham, according to Wales boss Chris Coleman.
The 26-year-old played 90 minutes for Wales in the 2-0 defeat to France on Friday but then withdrew from the squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Panama.
However, Wales boss Coleman explained that it was always the plan for the midfielder to play just one game over the international break and insists he came through the game unscathed.
“Coming into the camp, we knew that we were only going to have him for France,” said Coleman as quoted by The Daily Star.
“He’s gone back, he’s okay, he came through the game okay.
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“Coming into the camp, with what has been happening with him at Arsenal in terms of his fitness, we thought that one game would be better than two. He will be available for the weekend.”
The news will come as a big relief to Gunners fans who had feared the midfielder would miss the Premier League clash with their rivals at the Emirates Stadium.
Ramsey has been a key player for Arsenal this season scoring three times in 10 Premier League appearances.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a major doubt for Saturday after being taking off against Wales and has since been withdrawn from the France squad.
Arsene Wenger’s side go into this game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in their last Premier League game and will be seven points behind Spurs if they lose.