Giggs on omission of Ramsey, Newcastle and Liverpool men

Date published: Thursday 15th March 2018 12:24

Aaron Ramsey has been left out of Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the China Cup.

Giggs said the Arsenal midfielder, who is expected to play for the Gunners in the second leg of their Europa League tie with AC Milan tonight, would undergo a “small procedure” after the match at the Emirates.

The Wales boss added: “This is a good time for Aaron to have it done.

“We’ve been in discussions with Arsenal and Aaron. He’s got a small procedure, it’s the ideal time in the break to get it done.

“He’ll be in the squad for AC Milan. It’s a blow because he’s a quality player but it’s the best thing for the future for Aaron.”

Giggs also moved to explain the omission of Newcastle defender Paul Dummett, who withdrew from international selection in May 2017.

Wales stressed that the left-back “has not retired from international football altogether,” but he is not a part of Giggs’ first squad.

“Paul Dummett wanted to focus on his Newcastle career which I respect,” Giggs explained.

“He said at the moment he wants to concentrate on their relegation fight and in the future we’ll have to wait and see.”

Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward is also not a member of the 26-man squad, but Giggs said the situation was no fault of his.

“There’s been administrative problems with the passport and his visa,” said the manager. “It’s been a bit tricky getting the players together so that’s why we named a big squad.

“It’s not his fault, it’s out of his hands.”

 

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