Juventus star Aaron Ramsey is set to miss Wales’ friendlies against Austria and United States due to coronavirus lockdown in Italy as Serie A called off
- Ramsey is unlikely to make the trip home for the games with Austria and the US
- People in Italy were warned to only travel for ‘normal necessities’ such as work
- Brits returning from Italy were told by Foreign Office to self-isolate for 14 days
- Football Association of Wales believe it will be ‘difficult’ for Ramsey to leave Italy
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey is unlikely to play in Wales’ friendlies this month due to the coronavirus lockdown in Italy.
It is understood Ramsey will not make the trip home for the games with Austria and the US because of the movement restrictions in Italy.
People have been warned they can only travel for ‘normal necessities’ such as grocery shopping, work, family reasons or health emergencies.
Aaron Ramsey is unlikely to play for Wales’ this month due to the coronavirus lockdown in Italy
It is understood that Ramsey will not make the trip home for the games with Austria and the US
Britons returning from Italy have been told by the Foreign Office to self-isolate for 14 days – and Wales’ first March friendly against Austria is only 17 days away.
It is understood the Football Association of Wales believe, given the circumstances, it will be ‘difficult’ for Ramsey to leave Italy and play in the two games.
Serie A, which has been playing games behind closed doors, was suspended on Monday night until April 3 as all sporting activities at all levels were put on hold to contain the outbreak.
Serie A, which has been playing games behind closed doors, was suspended on Monday night
Serie A games were played behind closed doors last weekend amid the panic over the virus
The ban does not cover Italian clubs or national teams involved in international competitions, such as football’s Champions League.
Italy’s Wembley friendly with England on March 27 remains on at this stage, although there are fears the game will be cancelled.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the whole country would be on lockdown from Tuesday morning, with soldiers and police enforcing bans.
Some 9,172 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Italy, with 463 deaths, and there is a growing sense the numbers will only worsen.
Ryan Giggs is due to announce his squad for the friendlies, but Ramsey is likely to be missing
Wales are due to play fellow Euro 2020 finalists Austria in Swansea on March 27 and against the US in Cardiff three days later.
The games are currently still scheduled to be played, although the three football associations involved continue to monitor the coronavirus situation.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs is due to announce his squad for the two friendlies next week, but the 60-times capped Ramsey is now likely to be missing from those games.
Ramsey was in the best form of his Juventus career before Serie A was suspended, scoring in his last two league appearances.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who fired Wales through Euro 2020 qualification in November – by scoring twice in the decisive win against Hungary – scored and claimed an assist in Juventus’ 2-0 victory over title rivals Inter Milan on Sunday.
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