Wales manager Ryan Giggs has said he hopes to start both Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale in their final Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.
The two are yet to be on the pitch at the same time during Wales’ qualifying campaign so far, something which Giggs hopes to rectify ahead of the massive clash with Hungary.
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- Wales’ hopes of reaching Euro 2020 are now in their own hands after their 2-0 win in Azerbaijan.
- The Dragons were also reliant on Croatia‘s 3-1 victory over Slovakia.
- If Wales beat Hungary, they will take the second automatic qualification spot in Group E.
- If Hungary win, or draw and Slovakia fail to beat Azerbaijan, they will qualify.
- If Slovakia win and Wales are held by Hungary, Slovakia will qualify.
Bale has been nursing a calf injury and hadn’t trained since October before travelling to Wales for international duty from Madrid – something which didn’t go down well with Real’s supporters.
Ramsey has also been struggling for fitness with a thigh problem and replaced Bale for the last half an hour of their crucial win on Saturday night – his first appearance of the qualifying campaign.
This game is arguably Wales’ biggest since their 2018 World Cup qualifying decider against Republic of Ireland – which the Dragons lost – and Giggs hopes Ramsey and Bale can finally play together and help the Welsh qualify.
Speaking after the victory, Giggs said: “We’ve still got to assess them. Getting Gareth off pretty early on and giving Aaron some minutes helped.
“Aaron showed his quality when he came on, but it’s a quick turnaround. Gareth was blowing a little bit, which is understandable, but hopefully, I’ll have the option of starting both on Tuesday.”
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Wales enter crunch game with peak confidence
Following back-to-back away defeats, Wales are now unbeaten in four qualifying games and appear to have hit form at the perfect time.
The win in Azerbaijan was their first outside of Wales for over a year and means that Giggs’ side are now in charge of their own destiny – something which seemed unlikely a few months ago.
Giggs added: “Since the Azerbaijan game at home we’ve improved. We’ve played some difficult teams but overall the performances have improved.
“We started to gain some sort of momentum, which isn’t easy in international football. The lads came into camp really confident. It doesn’t matter who’s come in, they’ve all contributed.
“It’s not an easy place to come, so it’s up there with one of our best performances.”