Giggs insists he will protect Wales players as club vs country row ensues

Ryan Giggs says he'll do everything in his powers to make sure his Wales players don't get crocked.

The Wales boss knows the manic state of football as it deals with the Covid-19 pandemic will present unique problems.

The Manchester United legend knows better than anyone the club v country dilemma from his time at Old Trafford.

Giggs faced a barrage of criticism from Welsh fans over the years for the amount of games he missed during his 16-year career as a player.

He made his playing debut against Germany in 1991 but missed 18 consecutive friendlies before making his first friendly appearance against Finland nine years later.

Giggs is mindful that he has a duty of care and says: “I'm sure I will do things that upset club managers because it's always a bit of a balancing act.

“But we will definitely be trying to do the best we can with regard to training loads etc.”

Wales play Finland in Helinki on Thursday followed by a home clash with Bulgaria at the weekend.

And the pressure will definitely be on as the seasons seem to merge into each other with no pre-season to speak of.

Giggs said: “It's going to be a case of monitoring the situation and that's why it's important to have a big pool of players to call on.

“We've got good communication with the clubs and we have to ensure that we look after players carefully.

“It's not something you can get right every time but we do our best to look after players' welfare. We don't take any chances.”

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He adds: “We have good communication with clubs. I know a lot of the managers like Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard because I've been on coaching courses with them.

“We don't know what's going to happen in the next few months anyway. We have to prepare as if the Euros are going ahead. You hope so but we've seen how quickly things can change.

“I will prepare for it and take it that it's going ahead but I'm aware that things can change.”

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