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Hennessey Hopes To Be Fit For England

13 June 2016

Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is optimistic that he'll be fit enough to play for Wales against England when the two countries face off against each other at Euro 2016 on Thursday.

The shot-stopper was forced to sit out the Red Dragons' 2-1 win against Slovakia on Saturday because of back spasms - a similar issue that saw him miss the Eagles' game against Liverpool in March.

However after undergoing treatment he is hoping to line up between the posts for his country who could clinch a spot in the last 16 with a win in Lens.

"I had one [spasm] and missed the Liverpool game at home for Crystal Palace," said Hennessey. "I'll have an injection now and I will probably be back in 24 hours which sounds crazy. It is one of those things that you go from broke to mended in about 24 hours.

"It was an unsettling time for myself, but our motto is 'Together Stronger' and it is all about the boys."

Liverpool keeper Danny Ward took the 29-year-old's place in the side against the Slovaks but the Palace man is hopeful that having established himself as Wales' number one over the past few years that he'll get the nod from Chris Coleman to reclaim his spot.

“Whether I play Thursday is up to the gaffer, we will let him decide that one but I thought the boys were brilliant and I thought Danny did really well," Hennessey added. 

"It was obviously a big situation for him to be in but I thought he was tremendous but I obviously hope I'm in contention for Thursday because I always like playing against England. It is a massive game and a massive occasion for us.

We are going into the game with three points on the board and the fans were absolutely fantastic. I was more nervous on pitchside sitting on the bench but the fans were fantastic, they were so loud. That is what we need. It is great credit to themselves.”

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