Wales boss Chris Coleman says he hopes that Aaron Ramsey will play some part in today’s North London derby as he looks to welcome the midfielder back into the international fold ahead of the Interlull.
The 25 year old has missed key games for his country after suffering a hamstring strain on the opening day of the season, something which Coleman appeared to be frustrated at in comments to the press.
However, he says he’ll heed the advice of the Arsenal medical people when it comes to Ramsey’s fitness, and that there’s no problem between him and the Gunners.
“whatever Arsenal say to us – this is what he’s capable of – we won’t go against that,” he said. “We’ve never done that with any player.
“Whatever they say he’s capable of, and whatever Aaron says he’s capable of, that’s what will happen.
“I hope he does play (against Spurs). I can see the physical element will be a little bit tasty, but I think that will be good for him and hopefully he will come through it and be right for our game.
“The finger was pointed towards us and I had an issue with that, but I dealt with it,” he continued.
“He’s Arsenal’s player, he doesn’t belong to us. But I do protect my medical team because I know how hard they worked with Aaron, and I know that they would never take a chance.
“We can’t afford to burn our bridges with any club and disrespect them but what we do is protect ourselves because we do protect the players.
“It’s not in our interest to send injured players back because we won’t get them again.”