Belfast Telegraph

Wales v Portugal: Captain Williams sure team can cope without suspended stars

Missing man: Aaron Ramsey is ruled of the crucial clash
Missing man: Aaron Ramsey is ruled of the crucial clash

By Phil Blanche

Wales captain Ashley Williams is confident that he and his team mates can do without Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies in tonight's Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal.

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The Welsh must cope in Lyon without suspended pair Ramsey, one of the players of the tournament with a goal and four assists, and defender Davies, but Williams feels the squad is well covered in those areas, whoever manager Chris Coleman decides to calls up.

West Ham centre-half James Collins, whose only appearance at the finals came as a late substitute in Wales' 3-1 quarter-final success over Belgium, is expected to take over from Davies in defence.

Jonathan Williams is the favourite to fill in for Ramsey in midfield, but boss Coleman is also considering starting Leicester City's Andy King ahead of his Crystal Palace rival.

"The strength is in the squad, not just the team," said Williams.

"The 23 men who are there. Whoever the gaffer picks will do the job.

"We're disappointed for the players who are missing, but it gives two others a chance to experience the Euros.

"They'll fill the slots as good as the boys who went out."

Cristiano Ronaldo presents the greatest threat to Wales meeting either Germany or France in the Paris final on Sunday.

But Williams said of the Real Madrid star: "He's one of the greatest players in the world, but they have other weapons in their team.

"We are not obsessing over that. We'll try and nullify them as a team, as we have all tournament."

Belfast Telegraph