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Wales at full strength

22 Mar 2011 12:52:53

Wales at full strength

Wales appeared to have no fresh fitness concerns as they trained fully for the first time ahead of their clash with England on Tuesday morning. Defender James Collins appeared to be in little discomfort after missing Aston Villa's Premier League loss to Wolves last weekend with a calf injury. The returning trio of Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy and Gareth Bale were also involved in the session near Cardiff. Ramsey was preparing to make his first international appearance since November 2009 after badly breaking his leg in February last year. The Arsenal midfielder, after building his fitness up during loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff, made his first Premier League start since the injury last weekend. Cardiff striker Bellamy, resting a long-term knee complaint, and Tottenham winger Bale, with a back injury, both missed last month's defeat by the Republic of Ireland. Collins, disciplined by Villa after a breach of discipline last week, was one of the leading contenders to be named as captain for the Euro 2012 qualifier at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The 27-year-old wore the armband for new manager Gary Speed's first match in charge in Dublin in February. Swansea defender Ashley Williams, who has also done the job previously, was the other main player in the reckoning after Bellamy ruled himself out. Speed said last week he had made his decision but was only due to tell the players and announce it this week.


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