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Ledley Back In Light Training

25 May 2016

There has been good news for Joe Ledley in his comeback from injury as he has been training in Portugal ahead of Euro 2016.

The midfielder has been undertaking some light ball work as he attempts to overcome the fractured fibula he sustained against Stoke City earlier this month, which saw him miss Saturday's FA Cup final.

His place at the tournament in France has also been in jeopardy but he was named as part of the Red Dragons' training camp in the Algarve, alongside Wayne Hennessey and Jonny Williams, and has been participating in some light training away from the rest of the squad alongside Palace and Wales physio Sean Connolly. 

The 62-time capped man was a key player in Wales' bid to reach their first international finals since 1958, and Coleman admits that he will give him as much time as possible to prove his fitness.

He said: “Joe has done as much as anyone to get us there and he’s important to us on the pitch and off the pitch he’s just a top lad. That’s the biggest decision I’m going to have to make in the 23. It’s not like I’m thinking if so-and-so has a great week I’m going to put him in. It’s not like that.

“I know my 23 now and the big one is Joe. It’s just about time length. We are hoping and praying there will be good news for Joe.

“It’s not going to be easy, but I spoke with him a few days ago and he was in a good mood. He is walking around unaided and that’s a good sign. It will be a case of the medical team saying to me, ‘he’s going to be ready here, or here, or here.’ 

"We are going to have a choice that we can wait a little longer or we are going to run out of time.”

Coleman can make alterations to his squad right up until Wales' first game on 11th June against Slovakia, and named a 29-man squad for the trip to Portugal which will have to be whittled down to 23 for Euro 2016.

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