Wales manager Chris Coleman will take a risk by taking Aaron Ramsey to the 2016 European Championships in France even if he suffers a setback while recuperating from injury. The midfielder is out with a thigh problem he picked up against Hull City in a FA Cup replay at the KC stadium but Coleman insists that his situation is different from Jack Wilshere, who has missed the entirety of the season with a broken leg.
Roy Hodgson has been put under fire for claiming he will take Wilshere to France if he is deemed fit for Arsenal in the final few games of the season, despite the 24-year-old being on the sidelines for the entire campaign. However, Coleman insists that the situation is different with Ramsey, who despite his injuries has still played a major chunk of Arsenal's games this season and will be able to cope if he is chosen for Wales despite him not being at his fittest.
The Welsh drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in an international friendly earlier this week but without Gareth Bale and Ramsey, both of whom are out with injury. Their progression into the European Championships is their first major international tournament in many years and Coleman is not willing to pull any plugs over his preparation and insists all his best players will make the flight if there is a chance for them to play.
"Obviously, if we get the green light and he's fit for the start of the tournament, it's a no-brainer – he's coming," said Coleman, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I am hopeful that he's going to get a couple of games in with Arsenal, but who knows? It could be one of those injuries that is prolonged and he doesn't make the recovery everyone expects.
"But if there's even half a chance that he could start the tournament then, yes, he'll be with us. It's not quite like the situation Roy (Hodgson) has with Jack Wilshere. Aaron hasn't been out anywhere near as long as Jack has been.
"So it would not be as big a gamble for us to say: 'We're taking Aaron' even if he's only fit after the last club game of the season," he added.