Joe Ledley suffers fractured fibula as Euros dream darkens

The Crystal Palace midfielder has been ruled out of his side's FA Cup final tie, but faces a race to recover in time to play at the European Championships

Joe Ledley suffers fractured fibula as Euros dream darkens
Joe Ledley (Photo: Getty images)

Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley has suffered a fracture of the fibula, the club have confirmed.

Ledley lasted just eleven minutes of the second-half in his side’s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday and is now a major doubt for WalesEuropean Championships campaign.

Challenge from Charlie Adam likely to end Ledley's European Championships hopes

The Welshman replaced Yohan Cabaye at half-time after the Frenchman picked up a knock in the first period. However, Ledley limped off just eleven minutes later following a challenge from Charlie Adam and was replaced by Jordon Mutch.

It has been confirmed that Ledley will miss the EaglesFA Cup final against Manchester United, but faces a tough race to be fully fit for when Wales begin their first major tournament in 58 years.

Ledley was an unused sub as Palace overcame Premier League rivals Watford at Wembley to reach their first major cup final in 26 years, but now has no chance of recovering in time to be included in the squad for the final.

Ledley has played a pivotal role in Wales' European Championships qualification (Photo: Getty images sport)
Ledley has played a pivotal role in Wales' European Championships qualification (Photo: Getty images sport)

Ledley has been a key part of Wales' qualifying adventure

The former Celtic and Cardiff City midfielder has amassed 61 caps in total for Wales, scoring four times, and was a mainstay in the side that came runners-up in European Championships qualifying group B.

Chris Coleman’s side had to face the likes of Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina to qualify for their first major tournament since 1958 – joining England and Northern Ireland in being the three home nations that qualified.

Ledley has largely featured as a substitute this season as Palace have struggled in the Premier League since the turn of the year. Although having secured top-flight safety, Alan Pardew’s side were winless from mid-December to the beginning of April – having reached as high as second in the opening months of the campaign.

In total, Ledley has appeared 26 times for Palace in all competitions, scoring once.