Middle man: Aaron Ramsey is back to his best form

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Aaron Ramsey might not play for Arsenal again this season, according to Wales manager Chris Coleman.

But Coleman is confident that Ramsey will be fit in time for Euro 2016 and is ready to guarantee the midfielder a starting place even if he does not feature for the Gunners again this season.

Speaking on 18 March, Arsene Wenger said he was confident that the Welshman would return from a thigh injury soon after the international break.

Ramsey missed Wales’ 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland on Thursday and will be absent again for Monday’s clash in Ukraine.

Coleman has been told the central midfielder should be fit again by the middle of April, but it remains to be seen how much game-time the 25-year-old will get before the history-making Wales squad ramp up their tournament preparations in May.

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Speaking on Sunday about Ramsey, Coleman told a media conference: “I am hoping he is going to get a couple of games in with Arsenal but who knows? It could be one of things that is prolonged and he doesn’t make recovery everyone expects.

“But if there’s half a chance he is going to start tournament then he is coming. And another way to look at it is he’s going to pretty fresh. It’s not like he’s been out for a long time and he’s not been involved in a tricky time at Arsenal, who are in a bit of a fight just now.

“Ideally, we want him to have one or two games but he has not been out that long, not like Jack Wilshere unfortunately has been, and it would not be as a big a gamble for us to say ‘we are taking Aaron’ even if he’s only fit after the last club game of season. If he’s going to be alright within a week or two after end of the season then it’s not much of a gamble for us at all.”

Injury blow: Ramsey suffered a thigh tear earlier this month
Injury blow: Ramsey suffered a thigh tear earlier this month

The feedback Wales have had from Arsenal is that Ramsey will be ready to fire in France. Coleman is set to name his 23-man squad at the end of May before the final warm-up game against Sweden on 5 June.

“I haven’t spoken to Arsene, though I have spoken to Aaron,” the Wales boss explained. “He’s alright when he’s playing on the pitch so he’s a little bit disappointed at being out.

“I don’t think he’s worried about not making it. It’s a muscle injury in the calf and Aaron is a super-fit boy and he’s confident about ready. When I spoke with him I didn’t get the impression for one moment he feared he might not make it.”