Aaron Ramsey reveals he hired physios to get in shape for Wales at Euro 2020

  • Midfielder worked with them on Wales’ pre-Euros camps
  • They remain in touch with team’s medical staff

Aaron Ramsey has revealed he hired his own team of physios to ensure he is ready to start Wales’ Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland on Saturday after his fitness problems at Juventus.

Ramsey is confident he can handle three Group A games in nine days and said struggling to adapt to methods at Juventus led him to appoint his own team. He worked with them during Wales’ pre-Euros camps in Portugal and Cardiff and they remain in touch with the Football Association of Wales. Gareth Bale adopted a similar approach at Euro 2016, his own physiotherapist accompanying him to sessions to prevent a reoccurrence of calf and thigh injuries.

Ramsey has made only 24 Serie A starts across two seasons since leaving Arsenal two years ago and has started only four of Wales’ past 24 matches. “There have been many factors and changes that I haven’t been used to,” the midfielder said. “In the end now I have got my own team around me who are focused on me, to get myself into the best possible shape.

“Obviously football is a team sport and a lot of the time it is about the team and everybody doing the same things, when maybe some players need a bit more attention. So I take it into my own hands really and I have the right people around me to try to come up with the best possible plan to get myself back into a place where I am feeling good and confident.”

Ramsey was not involved in a light training session on Thursday, a measure decided by the player and coaching staff to ensure he is fit for Saturday’s match. Ramsey played an hour as a false nine in last Saturday’s friendly against Albania and could assume that role in Baku on Saturday, with Robert Page expected to start with a 3-4-3 formation.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey said his own fitness team dovetail with FAW medical staff. “It’s important to all be on the same page. I have known a lot of the Welsh staff for a long, long time – from my Arsenal days as well, there are a few of them. They understand me, they know my body and they know what I need. Hopefully, we can all play a part to try and get myself in the best place.”

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