Wales manager Chris Coleman slams Arsenal's decision to play Aaron Ramsey in Premier League opener

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's injury could have been prevented, Wales manager Chris Coleman has said, adding he was surprised the Euro 2016 semi-finalist was rushed back for the opening Premier League game against Liverpool.

Reuters August 25, 2016 16:37:35 IST
Wales manager Chris Coleman slams Arsenal's decision to play Aaron Ramsey in Premier League opener

Cardiff: Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's injury could have been prevented, Wales manager Chris Coleman has said, adding he was surprised the Euro 2016 semi-finalist was rushed back for the opening Premier League game against Liverpool.

Wales manager Chris Coleman slams Arsenals decision to play Aaron Ramsey in Premier League opener

File photo of Aaron Ramsey. Getty

Manager Arsene Wenger's decision to play Ramsey in Arsenal's 4-3 defeat against Liverpool backfired as the player suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out of his country's World Cup qualifier against Moldova on 5 September.

Coleman said he expected Wenger to hand Ramsey an extended break following the tournament in France.

"It's disappointing he's got an injury. Could it have been prevented? Possibly, yes," Coleman told reporters on Wednesday.

"I think we all expected him to (miss the start of the season), so I don't know what happened between and when he ended up on the pitch.

"I think, to a man, if you were looking at that (team sheet against Liverpool), it was a bit of a surprise he started.

"I think Aaron said himself (in France) that he wasn't expecting to."

Defender Laurent Koscielny, midfielder Mesut Ozil and striker Olivier Giroud were all left out of the team for the game against Liverpool.

"It was a long tournament for Aaron, after a long, hard season. So I don't know why he was treated differently," Coleman added. "I think Arsenal have a certain way of doing things.

"A lot has been said about their injury list, they're doing the same things now as what they've always done - they're not going to change now.

"That's up to them, Aaron's Arsenal's player."

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