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Ramsey expected to feature in crunch clash with Austria

By Phil Blanche

Wales are confident Aaron Ramsey will be fit for World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Moldova despite missing training yesterday. Ramsey suffered a kick to the calf during Arsenal's 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday and was substituted at half-time.

The 26-year-old sat out Wales' first training session ahead of Saturday's crunch Group D clash against Austria in Cardiff.

It is understood the decision was taken as a precaution and Ramsey will be available for a game Wales need to win, with Chris Coleman's side four points adrift of Serbia and the Republic of Ireland with four games left.

Ramsey's injury added to manager Coleman's midfield worries ahead of the visit of Austria and the trip to Moldova next Tuesday.

Joe Allen is suspended for the Austria game, Emyr Huws is ruled out with an Achilles' problem and Joe Ledley - who is still unattached after leaving Crystal Palace in June - has not played a club game for nearly seven months.

Leicester's Andy King and David Edwards have also had limited game-time.

But Coleman was boosted by Gareth Bale at training after Wales' talisman played in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Valencia on Sunday night.

Wales resume their World Cup campaign with ground to make up in their final four qualifiers.

They remain unbeaten in the group and after June's 1-1 draw in Serbia, Jazz Richards insists there is plenty still to play for.

"To get that draw in Serbia was a good result, it keeps us in it ahead of the final four games," Cardiff defender Richards said.

"The disappointment was that we were 1-0 ahead for a long time in the game.

"We were missing key players and the boys had not played for a few weeks because of the break at the end of the season."

  • Wales v Austria, World Cup Group D qualifier: Cardiff, Saturday, 7.45pm

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