Ben Davies’ international break is over. According to The Athletic, Davies – a Welsh international defender and Tottenham Hotspur backline stalwart – has retired from the Welsh national team and returned to London.
Wales qualified for the UEFA qualifiers for World Cup qualification in Qatar this winter thanks to a 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday. Davies started and played the full 90 minutes of that game, with former Spurs player Gareth Bale scoring both goals.
Wales have released a statement on Davies, as reported by Athletic, which gives no details or explanation of Davies’ return to London – “After Thursday’s game, Ben Davies returned to his club. All other players are available for Tuesday’s game.
So we don’t know whether or not Davies’ withdrawal was due to an injury picked up in the match against Austria, or if it’s just a precautionary measure. Wales’ next match is a friendly against the Czech Republic on Tuesday. The UEFA World Cup qualifiers have yet to be scheduled.
An injury would, quite frankly, suck – Davies has been an integral part of Antonio Conte’s defensive line-up, and Spurs have been damn good with him in that back line. It could very well be that he just received a blow and rather than staying when he is doubtful in a meaningless friendly that he and Wales chose to send him home to be treated by his physios. club. It may be something more serious. We just don’t know and we probably won’t until Antonio Conte is asked about it at a press conference or the club release their own statement (unlikely unless it’s REALLY serious).
But keep those fingers crossed.