Chris Coleman has been speaking directly about Joe Ledley’s chances of making it into the Welsh Euro 2016 squad during a recent press conference.
The Palace midfielder fractured his leg in the club’s final home game of the season against Stoke City when going in for a challenge with Charlie Adam and has been having extensive rehab done ever since in a bid to regain fitness in time for this summer’s tournament.
Whilst he was forced to sit out Palace’s recent FA Cup Final clash with Manchester United, the progress he has made since sustaining the break has been enough to convince Coleman that he may in fact be ready to play a part in the Euros, with the Welsh gaffer’s comments above delving into specific detail over the decision process he will go through when making a final assessment on Ledley’s situation.
Although Gareth Bale is unquestionably the star man for Coleman this summer, Ledley’s influence within the group cannot be overstated, with the manager’s words no doubt provoking a sense of pride for the Palace man as he battles to be ready for the challenges that lay in wait over in France.
With Wayne Hennessey and Jonny Williams also named in the Welsh squad ahead of the tournament, Ledley’s recovery would certainly be cheered in SE25, as we get ready to watch the trio take part in their country’s first appearance at an international tournament in more than 50 years.
Whilst plenty will pour scorn on the idea that thier loyalty to Palace players does not outweigh their desire to see England emerge triumphant in any event, you can be sure that all of our supporters, along with Chris Coleman, are desperate to see the bearded central midfielder return to full fitness in time for this summer’s festivities.
Our fingers and toes are crossed for him.