Republic or Ireland v Wales: Aaron Ramsey return a massive boost – Ben Davies


Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey joined Juventus in 2019 having spent 11 years at Arsenal
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Sun, 11 Oct Kick-off: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, live text coverage and match report on BBC Sport website

The return of midfielder Aaron Ramsey will give Wales “a massive boost” for Sunday’s Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland, says defender Ben Davies.

He was also absent for last month’s Nations League games because of injury.

“Aaron is a world-class player,” said Tottenham left-back Davies.

“Having him in any team would boost you. He gets on the ball, he’s very creative and always looks forward and to get a team up the pitch.”

Ramsey has long been one of his country’s most influential players, scoring 16 goals in his 60 appearances and earning a place in Uefa’s Euro 2016 team of the tournament when Wales reached the semi-finals.

He has also been in fine form for Juventus, earning praise in Italy for his creative displays for the Serie A champions.

A combination of fitness concerns and coronavirus-related unavailability means Ramsey has not played for Wales since November 2019.

On his most recent appearance, he scored both goals as Wales beat Hungary 2-0 to qualify for Euro 2020, which has since been postponed until next summer because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs said: “Aaron brings that experience first and foremost – we have a young squad – and he brings that something different that can unlock defences.

“He’s got that ability to make the difference, which he did in our last qualifier against Hungary with his two goals.”

Wales face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday (14:00 BST kick-off), before an away game in Bulgaria on Wednesday (19:45).

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