Coleman says Ledley will be biggest decision in picking Wales squad

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Coleman insists he will not take Joe Ledley to this summer's European Championships unless he can prove his fitness ahead of the group stages.

Crystal Palace's Joe Ledley (L) and Wayne Hennessey inside the stadium before the match

Wales boss Chris Coleman has told Wales Online he will not include Joe Ledley in his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016 unless the midfielder can prove he will be fit for the group stages of the tournament.

The Crystal Palace star fractured a fibula in the home win over Stoke City earlier in the month and Coleman admits he has not yet decided on whether to pick Ledley, despite naming him in his 29-man training squad.

Coleman is due to announce his final 23-man squad on May 31, with the Wales medical team closely monitoring the midfielder's progress.

And the 45-year-old, who will lead Wales to their first international tournament since 1958, says Ledley's situation is the biggest decision he faces ahead of the tournament.

“Joe is the only real worry. It’s so disappointing for him that we are in this position, thinking, ‘can he or can’t he?'" he said.

“He has done as much as anyone to get us there and he’s important to us on the pitch and off the pitch he’s just a top lad. That’s the biggest decision I’m going to have to make in the 23. It’s not like I’m thinking if so-and-so has a great week I’m going to put him in. It’s not like that."

Despite his concerns, Coleman says Ledley has already shown signs of progress, but insists he will still be taking the advice of his medical team before making a final decision.

Wales manager Chris Coleman during the Press ConferenceWales manager Chris Coleman during the Press Conference

“It’s not going to be easy, but I spoke with him a few days ago and he was in a good mood. He is walking around unaided and that’s a good sign. It will be a case of the medical team saying to me, ‘he’s going to be ready here, or here, or here.’ We are going to have a choice that we can wait a little longer or we are going to run out of time.”

UEFA Rules dictate that Coleman is allowed to alter his original squad and bring in replacement players right up to the opener against Slovakia, but he claims he has no intention of calling up the 29-year-old unless he is fit to play a part in the group stages.

“Realistically it’s all on those first three games for us,” he added.

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