Wales’ Davies fit to face Ukraine

Craig Cathcart

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Ben Davies is fit to face Ukraine on Monday in Wales’ penultimate friendly before Euro 2016.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender suffered a head injury in their Europa League loss to Borussia Dortmund on 17 March.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has confirmed Davies, who missed the 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland, is in his plans for the game in Kiev.

Walsall forward Tom Bradshaw also missed Thursday’s friendly through injury, but is fit to face Ukraine.

Davies’ former Swansea City colleague Neil Taylor also missed the draw with Northern Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium, while forward Hal Robson-Kanu has been ruled out of both Wales’ March warm-up games.

Forward Gareth Bale has been left out of the squad in a joint decision between the Football Association of Wales and his club, Real Madrid.

Wales are also without Aaron Ramsey, James Collins, Andy King and David Edwards through injury and illness.

Another left-back option, Newcastle’s Paul Dummett, was not named in the original squad after suffering a setback in his return from a hamstring injury.

Ukraine ‘a good test’

Davies said: “These games are very important. There’s a lot of places in the squad up for grabs.

“I think some boys staked a very good claim. There were some good performances from the boys that came on and these are games where you have to show what you can do.

“Ukraine is a good test for us. They’re a top team and we’re aware of what they can bring to the game.”

Wales finish their preparations against Sweden on 5 June, before their Euro 2016 campaign in France starts against Slovakia six days later.

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