Wales star Aaron Ramsey issues fitness update after missing Euro 2020 training session

Gareth Bales, Aaron Ramsey and Kieffer Moore warm up during the Wales squad training session on June 04, 2021 in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. Wales play Albania at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday June 05 as part of their warm up for the UEFA EURO 2021 competition.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey has allayed fitness fears after he missed a training session on Thursday in Baku.

Just two days before Wales' Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland on Saturday, Ramsey sat out the squad's open training session at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium but has insisted it was planned and he is fully fit.

"All good," the 30-year-old midfielder said.

"It was planned. It was a very light session for the boys today. It was planned that I stayed off my feet. All good and looking forward to Saturday."

Juventus player Ramsey had picked up a knock in the 0-0 friendly with Albania last weekend and required treatment, but Wales manager Rob Page later revealed it was a kick to the shin and his plan to withdraw the Euro 2016 hero after an hour was always part of the plan.

Ramsey suffered several injury issues last season, including a thigh problem which kept him out of the last international camp.

But the former Arsenal stalwart revealed he has actually brought his own fitness team in around him to ensure he can get the best out of his body.

On looking after himself, he said: "It has been quite a challenging time over the last couple of seasons. There's been many factors and changes that I haven’t been used to.

"In the end, now I've just got my own team around me who are focused on me, to get myself into the best possible shape. Obviously, football is a team sport and a lot of the time it can be about the team and everybody doing the same things and stuff like that, when maybe some players need a bit more attention.

"So I've just taken it into my own hands really and I have the right people around me to try to come up with the best possible plan for me to get myself back into a place where I am feeling good and confident again."

That team started off integrated into the Wales camp, and now Ramsey is in the hands of FAW staff.

"They started off with us, they did a few weeks with us. We had a good few weeks with them, settled in really well. The Welsh staff, medical team, have been brilliant, been open for discussions and things like that. It's so important to all be on the same page. I know a lot of the Welsh staff for a long time, from Arsenal days as well.

"They understand me, they know my body and know what I need. Hopefully we can all play a part to try and get myself in the best place."

Wales' Euro 2020 campaign, postponed by a year, kicks off against Switzerland at 2pm (UK time) on Saturday, June 12.

Wales then face Turkey in Azerbaijan on Wednesday, June 16, before completing the group phase of Euro 2020 against Italy in Rome four days later.

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