Rowett: Ledley is ready for Wales

05 October 2017 05:35:44 EST

Derby County boss Gary Rowett has backed Joe Ledley to help Wales reach next summer's World Cup finals in Russia.

The 30-year-old former Cardiff City, Celtic and Crystal Palace midfielder did not play in Wales' victories against Austria and Moldova last month but could feature in Friday's match in Georgia as Gareth Bale is injured.

Chris Coleman's team are second in Group D - four points behind leaders Serbia and one point ahead of third-placed Republic of Ireland.

Asked if he thought Ledley, who has played two games for Derby after being released by Palace at the end of last season, was ready to start for Wales, Rams boss Rowett replied: "Yes, I think so.

"I would imagine he didn't start Wales' last game because he hadn't had any football, but I'm sure if Chris (Coleman) watches his last two performances he is more than ready, if he's chosen.

"Joe has been excellent for us. If you looked at both the games, at Brentford with five or ten minutes to go he showed signs of fatigue which he is going to do when he hasn't played for six months.

"At Cardiff, he got through the game great. At times at the end of the game I had to tell him not to go forward as much, and hold his position.

"He's proved what a fantastic professional he is to be out so long and come back in such fantastic shape."

Wales are 10/11 to beat Georgia while they are 6/4 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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