As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Liverpool midfielder Allen set for Wales start

Wales boss Chris Coleman suggests that Joe Allen could start in his side's opening Euro2016 match on Saturday.

The Liverpool midfielder has been struggling with as knee injury but could still be included in Coleman's starting XI for Saturday's first Group B fixture with Slovakia in Bordeaux.

"Between now and the end of the season Joe Allen has had more football... so you would have to say Joe is further down the line in terms of being ready to start a game," Coleman told reporters.

"And he is integral to how we want to play because he plays in that pivot role for us."

However, Crystal Palace's Joe Ledley (broken leg) and Reading winger Hal Robson-Kanu (achilles) may be forced to start on the bench, quite possibly alongside Allen if he doesn't improve in time.

"I'm not giving anything away to say we can't start with all three. It would be reckless really," he added.

"Joe Ledley did the injury at the end of the season and we were all thinking the same thing - a broken leg is a broken leg. But he has done so well to get back to where he is.

"I think it is fair to say you can't really see Joe playing 90 minutes. But can he play a part? Yes.

"He could play a part, both Joes and Hal, unless there is a real bad reaction between now and the weekend."


Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!

Video of the day:

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free