Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey sustained a hamstring injury in the Gunners opening Premier League defeat to Liverpool and, Wales manager Chris Coleman has quizzed Arsenal’s handling of the midfielder.
Ramsey, 25, produced a fantastic performance for Wales in the European Championships, which saw him win a place in the Euro team of the year alongside compatriot Joe Allen – scoring once and gathering four assists.
Ramsey missed Wales’ 2-0 quarter final defeat to eventual champions Portugal, having picked up two yellow cards before the game. He returned to Arsenal training two weeks before the game against Liverpool, but dropped a hint he could miss the start of the season following his exploits for Wales at the Euro 2016.
However, Ramsey started the game against Liverpool and the 25-year old picked up the hamstring problem in the encounter. It was later revealed he was expected to miss Wales opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Moldova on the 5th day of September. And now, Coleman suggested the injury could have been prevented.
“It’s disappointing he’s got an injury”, the Wales boss said at the press conference after the unveiling of a 23-man squad for the qualifiers.
“Could it have been prevented? Possibly, yes.
“I think we all expected him to [miss the start of the season], so I don’t know what happened between and when he ended up on the pitch. I think, to a man, if you were looking at that, it was a bit of a surprise he started. I think Aaron said himself he wasn’t expecting to.”
Arsenal face Watford at the Vicarage Road on Saturday, and the Gunners will be aiming for all three points in the encounter.