Wales can cope without injured Ben Davies, says Neil Taylor

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport
Ben Davies
Ben Davies is carried off the field after dislocating his shoulder during Tottenham's 2-2 draw against Southampton

Wales left-back Neil Taylor believes they can cope without fellow defender Ben Davies for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium.

Davies has been ruled out of the match in Cardiff on 12 June after dislocating his shoulder playing for Tottenham.

Swansea's Taylor admits his absence is a blow but thinks Wales can adapt.

"It's disappointing for him and for us... [but] we've got a few full-backs so we're quite well covered in that area," Taylor told BBC Wales Sport.

"We've played different formations, we've played three at the back.

"[Hull defender] James Chester will be back after being injured, so he can come in at centre-half if we play that formation."

Neil Taylor (right)
Wales' Neil Taylor (right) joined Swansea City from Wrexham in 2010

Former Swansea team-mates Taylor and Davies both played in Wales' 3-0 win against Israel in March, a victory which leaves Chris Coleman's side second in their qualifying group and level on points with leaders Belgium.

Taylor, 26, played at left wing-back, while Davies was used as a left-sided centre-back having spent the majority of his career at left-back.

With Hull's central defender Chester available again having also dislocated his shoulder earlier this season, Coleman might be able to continue with the 5-3-2 formation he used in Israel for the match against Belgium.

Taylor is disappointed Davies will be unavailable to face the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists, but is hopeful the 22-year-old will make a full recovery.

"It's horrible for him. It's not a nice one," added Taylor.

"We want a fully fit squad for that Belgium tie and I think for himself it's just about getting back fit.

"I'm sure it's something he will come through and he'll be fine."

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