Wayne Hennessey expects to be fit for Wales’ showdown with England

• Wales’ No1 keeper believes injection will cure his back problems by Thursday
• Hennessey was full of praise for understudy Danny Ward after Slovakia win

Wayne Hennessey will have an injection in his back to enable him to be fit to face England on Thursday after he was ruled out of the opening group game against Slovakia only a couple of hours before kick-off. The Wales No1 suffered a back spasm, forcing Chris Coleman to give Danny Ward, the 22-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper, his first start for his country.

“It was an unsettling time for myself but our motto is ‘Together Stronger’ and it is all about the boys,” Hennessey said. “I had a similar one [back spasm] and missed the Liverpool game at home for Crystal Palace [in March]. So I’ll have an injection now and I will probably be back in 24 hours, which sounds crazy. It is one of those things, but it is a quick turn around, you go from broke to mended in about 24 hours, which is good.”

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