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Chris Coleman hopes Joe Ledley will be fit for Wales after recent leg break

By Phil Blanche

Published 01/06/2016

Joe Ledley of Wales and Steven Davis of Northern Ireland battle for the ball
Joe Ledley of Wales and Steven Davis of Northern Ireland battle for the ball

Joe Ledley could complete a remarkable recovery from a broken leg to make Wales' Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia.

Ledley proved his fitness during Wales' five-day training camp in Portugal last week to win a place in Chris Coleman's 23-man squad for France.

Wales manager Coleman had said Ledley would only be selected if he was fit in time for the final group game against Russia on June 20, but the 29-year-old could now make the first match in Bordeaux on June 11, just five weeks after fracturing his left leg playing for Crystal Palace.

"We will assess Joe and we will know more in the next week," said Coleman as he unveiled his squad. "But at the moment I think he has a good chance of playing against Slovakia.

"The work he has put in is incredible and he looks good. He trained on the grass in Portugal, albeit with the medical team, but he played a huge part in the campaign and is a big part of this team. With the injury he has had, he is ahead of his work in his rehab."

Coleman named only seven defenders in his squad, with full-backs Paul Dummett and Adam Matthews both missing out.

Emyr Huws lost out on a midfield place in a three-way battle to David Vaughan and David Edwards.

David Cotterill has been named as one of five forwards with a fitness doubt over Hal Robson-Kanu.

The 27-year-old picked up a slight knock in Portugal and young Bristol City striker Wes Burns will travel with the squad as cover.

Gareth Bale is fine after handing Wales a fitness scare during Real Madrid's Champions League final victory in Milan on Saturday night.

Bale spent the entire period of extra-time barely able to move, but it was nothing more than a severe bout of cramp.

"We watched the game and he looked fantastic," said Coleman.

"He was limping a bit but he is great physically. It's all positive for us because Gareth will be in a good frame of mind, and we're looking forward to having him with us."

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