Nations League: Chris Gunter confident of being fit for opening Wales games

Chris Gunter of Wales and James McClean of Republic of Ireland compete for the ball
Reading defender Chris Gunter has won 88 caps for Wales
Nations League: Wales v Republic of Ireland
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Thu, 6 Sept Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Chris Gunter is confident of overcoming an injury for Wales' Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark on 6 and 9 September.

The 29-year-old defender injured a hamstring during Reading's 4-0 friendly defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Reading manager Paul Clement initially said the full-back would "be out three to six weeks", which could have ruled him out of Wales duty.

But Gunter suggested his injury is not serious, tweeting "I'll be just fine".

After playing the Republic, who ended Wales' World Cup qualification hopes by winning 1-0 in Cardiff the last time the two sides met, on 6 September at Cardiff City Stadium, Wales travel to Aarhus to face Denmark.

Gunter, who has 88 caps, has not missed an international game for eight years and his confidence that he will continue his impressive run in a Wales shirt will be a boost for manager Ryan Giggs.

The Wales boss does still have a concern over midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who was withdrawn from Arsenal's friendly against Chelsea on Wednesday after an issue with his calf during the warm-up.

Screengrab of Chris Gunter tweeting a response to BBC Sport Wales saying he will be fine

The Gunners are waiting on medical reports to see the extent of the problem, but boss Unai Emery does not think it is too serious.

"He has one little muscular pain and we decided not to start him in the match because it's maybe a big risk for him," said Emery.

"I'm waiting for the medical analysis and I don't think it will be a big problem."

Fellow midfielder Billy Boden, who made his Wales debut in the China Cup last March, is definitely out after the Preston North End player suffered a knee ligament injury in training this week that is expected to sideline him for up to six months.

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