AARON RAMSEY has given Wales a huge Euro 2024 boost with positive news about his hamstring injury.
SunSport understands the Nice midfielder is expected to be fit for the opening qualifier against Croatia in Split on March 25.
Ramsey limped off in the Ligue 1 clash with Monaco on February 26 and missed the fixture against Auxerre on Friday – sparking fears he could be out for several weeks.
Nice caretaker boss Didier Digard said: “He’s an important player and there’s just a small lesion, we could be tempted to rush things, but we won’t do that.”
But sources close to the ex-Arsenal and Juventus ace have indicated the 32-year-old should be raring to go in time for the Group D opener in two-and-a-half weeks.
That update of Rambo’s availability will be a big boost to boss Robert Page following the retirement of captain and talisman Gareth Bale as well as key midfield pivot Joe Allen.
Page names his Wales squad in Cardiff next Tuesday as he is set to freshen up his squad in the post-Bale era.
Ramsey, like Page’s side, had a disappointing World Cup which saw Wales exit at the group stage in Qatar following a 1-1 draw with USA and crushing defeats to Iran and England.
Wales face the daunting prospect of taking on tournament semi-finalists Croatia with Luka Modric continuing to turn out for his country at the age of 37.
But reports in Spain claim Real Madrid are not happy the classy midfielder plans to carry on playing international football in the future.
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Many pundits expected ex-Tottenham ace Modric, now Croatia’s most capped player with 162 and regarded as the best player ever the country has produced, to retire after the World Cup, where they finished third.
Yet Croatia boss Zlatko Dalić called up Modric on Monday for the qualifiers with Wales and Turkey this month which start the road to the 2024 finals in Germany.
And the Spanish reports say that could pose a problem for Real, who fear burnout and possible injury may affect their hectic schedule at the business end of the season in the race for La Liga and the Champions League.