Ben Davies: Wales defender to face Croatia and Hungary

Ben Davies keeps his eyes on the ball
Ben Davies joined Spurs from Swansea City in July, 2014
Euro 2020 qualifiers: Croatia v Wales
Venue: Stadion Gradski, Osijek Date: Saturday, 8 June Kick-off: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online; live text updates on the BBC Sport website; watch highlights on BBC One Wales, 23:10 BST

Defender Ben Davies is set to play for Wales in their Euro 2020 qualifiers after scheduled surgery was delayed.

The 26-year-old Tottenham left-back was set to have a hernia operation, but is now available for the away games against Croatia on Saturday and Hungary on Tuesday, a huge boost to Wales.

Two delays to the surgery have enabled Davies to feature in the qualifiers.

He was scheduled to have the operation after Spurs' Champions League final defeat by Liverpool on 1 June.

That would have ruled him out of Ryan Giggs' plans, but he is available for the game in Osijek and after a further delay, Budapest as well.

"It's a bonus. I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and it looked like he'd have the op straight after the Champions League final," Giggs said. He just wanted to get it done. The surgeon fell ill so the operation was put back and then Ben wanted to be involved in both games so he's now available."

The former Swansea City player was an unused substitute in Madrid as Spurs were beaten 2-0.

He has played in pain during the 2018-19 season and his rehabilitation is expected to take around six weeks following surgery.

Davies and Wales are hoping to build on their opening win against Slovakia in the games against Croatia and Hungary.


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