According to ITV, Aaron Ramsey will not travel with Wales to take part in the China Cup during the upcoming international break. The midfielder will instead go through a “small procedure” as Wales manager Ryan Giggs explained, and added that this would be a good moment for Ramsey to get it done.
He will, however, be in the squad for the rematch against AC Milan in the Europa League, and the procedure will be performed afterwards. It remains unclear what exactly the small procedure is.
Ramsey’s injury record is far from impressive. He has been injured so far on 14 different occasions since his arrival at the club. Due to those injuries, he has, to this day, missed 112 games in all competitions.
His creativity, movement and perseverance on the pitch is invaluable for Arsenal, and absolutely vital for the Welsh national team. Therefore, whatever the problem is, both Giggs and Arsene Wenger will be keen to get it sorted out as soon as possible and not put the player at any more risk than they must.
Whether Ramsey will be ready to take on Stoke City on April 1st remains to be seen, but Wenger will be hoping he can count on his playmaker to make significant contribution at the business end of the season and help his team win the Europa League.
As for his future, Ramsey’s contract expires in 2019, and Wenger has urged the midfielder to follow in the footsteps of Mesut Özil and make a new long-term commitment to the Gunners.
The squad has been seriously hit with fitness issues recently, but the absentees are slowly rejoining the squad, one by one.
As the manager pointed out in his AC Milan pre-match press conference, Alexandre Lacazette is still out, but he has started training and should be back after the international break.