Wales have been handed a major boost in the build-up to their match against Iran with Joe Allen returning to the side.
The Dragons had to make do without the midfielder in their World Cup opening 1-1 draw against the USA on Monday, but he could be in line to feature in their next test.
Allen has been out of action since he suffered a hamstring injury with Swansea City in September.
However, there is a chance the 32-year-old will make an appearance for Wales in their next match in Qatar.
Phil Blanche has reported the central midfielder has been able to pass a fitness test ahead of the clash against Iran, and is therefore able to be selected.
Such news will surely be music to the ears of Wales legend Dean Saunders, who has by no means underestimated the influence that Allen has in the side.
“We’ve got a lot of spirit, we’ve got the country behind us,” he said to talkSPORT. “It’s a tough group, Iran, USA and England, but we’ve got legs. In that heat, our strength as a team, right through the team, they can all run.
“They’re not at their peak, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, but they’re still class players.
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“I’m really hopeful that Dan James – who is lightening quick and still not played like I think he can play – but when we get pushed back as a team like we do in most internationals, and we break, you’ve got Dan James.
“Brennan Johnson at [Nottingham] Forest, he’s quick. Bale is still quick. Ramsey, if he’s fit, can run.
“But the key man for us is Joe Allen. If Joe’s not playing, we haven’t got a Premier League, or even Championship midfield player that we can put in.”
Fellow Welsh hero Hal Robson-Kanu further complimented his former teammate: “It’s going to be a unique experience for all players going into the tournament but actually having experience of players who have played and performed in previous tournaments is going to be key.
“An unfit Joe Allen, versus no Joe Allen at all, you take an unfit Joe Allen all day long.”
Wales’ draw against the USA was by no means a poor result, but they will need to win against Iran if they want to be sure of making it through to the round of 16, with England currently leading the standings in Group B.