Aaron Ramsey absent from Ryan Giggs’ first Wales squad

Aaron Ramsey absent from Ryan Giggs’ first Wales squad

Ryan Giggs has named his first squad since becoming manager of the Welsh national team.

The former Manchester United winger signed a four-year contract in January, taking over from Chris Coleman.

Wales will take part in the China Cup during the upcoming international break, and Giggs has selected the 26 players who are set to feature against China, Uruguay and the Czech Republic.

Everton defender Ashley Williams will continue as captain under the new regime, while Giggs has gone with plenty of new blood too.

Billy Boden of Preston is one of five uncapped players in the squad alongside Chris Maxwell, Michael Crowe, Connor Roberts and Christopher Mepham.

Gareth Bale is also among the 26, although Aaron Ramsey has been left out.

Giggs explains Aaron Ramsey’s absence

Giggs confirmed the Arsenal midfielder will undergo a minor procedure during the international break and won’t join up with the national team.

Ramsey has made 22 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals.

After Bale, Ramsey is arguably Wales’ most important player, so his absence has certainly come as a blow to the new man in charge.

“We have been in discussions with Aaron and Arsenal over the past couple of weeks. He will have a small procedure but it is the ideal time to get that done,” said Giggs, as reported by the Mirror.

“It is a blow because you want your best players to travel and I want to win the China Cup.

Having scored in the first match, Aaron Ramsey is set to feature in Arsenal’s Europa League last 16 second leg tie against AC Milan at the Emirates on Thursday.

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