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Ledley Fit For Wales' Opener

7 June 2016

Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed that Joe Ledley will be fit for Wales' opening game of Euro 2016 against Slovakia on Saturday.

The Palace midfielder fractured his fibula last month against Stoke City which saw him miss the FA Cup final against Manchester United and it looked likely that he would struggle to play any part in the Red Dragons' first international tournament appearance for 58 years.

However after being selected as part of Coleman's 23-man squad, the 29-year-old has battled back to be fit in time for their opening group game on the weekend.

Speaking from their Brittany training base, Coleman said: "Joe has been on the pitch, doing everything the rest of the players are doing. If you get a kick on it, that is a question mark but he has done exactly the same session, the same duration, everything the same as the other players. He is good."

Ledley was one of three Welsh players who were in a race against time for the match but Joe Allen and Hal Robson-Kanu have also been deemed available for consideration, with Coleman adding: "All three players came through sessions yesterday, fully integrated with the squad, so it's positive news.

"All three players are good, lacking game-time but physically they look very good."

Meanwhile the Wales manager has suggested that his side are the underdogs in their group, which also contains England and Russia, but is hoping that Ledley alongside clubmates Jonny Williams and Wayne Hennessey as well as the likes of Gareth Bale, can seize their opportunity and be one of the competition's surprise packages.

"We know it's a tough test against a very tough Slovakian team, who will probably be favourites because they're a good team and had some great results," said Coleman.

"If you look at the four teams in the group, then we are the underdogs. We knew that before we got to the tournament. That doesn't mean we can't get enough points that we can't progress because we're capable of that - we know that.

"We know why we're here, but what's coming is something we've never experienced. It's a huge challenge for us, and one we deserve. This is what we've been screaming for."

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