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Ashley Williams | Defensemen | #6

Team: Swansea City
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 157

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Ashley Williams is expected to be available to face Belgium in one of the biggest games in Wales national team history.
The Swansea City captain went down with a shoulder injury after colliding with Jonny Williams against Northern Ireland, but manager Chris Coleman said he expects the defender to be fit for the quarterfinals: "We think it was when he fell and landed on his hand with a straight arm which had an impact on his shoulder," Coleman said. "But he is okay. Ashley will be fine. It sounds better actually, that he would play with a dislocated shoulder - and he would if we let him. But it was not...'I would not say he was a worry or a doubt, but we know we have to look after him. I would be surprised if he does not make the game.'' Jun 28 - 4:42 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Chris Coleman is expected to provide an update on Ashley Williams during today’s press conference after the Wales skipper injured his shoulder during Saturday’s last-16 win over Northern Ireland.

Williams collided heavily with team-mate Jonny Williams deep into the second half but managed to see the game out after receiving lengthy treatment. However, the Swansea central defender was sent for a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage and is rated as touch and go for the upcoming quarter-final with Belgium. "The next 24 to 48 hours will be key, whether it's bruising and just impact, or whether there's damage to any ligaments or a tear in his muscle," said the Wales boss post-match. "We won't really know until [Sunday], but he was struggling, couldn't move his arm." If Williams fails to recover then West Ham’s James Collins is expected to step into the fray with Aaron Ramsey taking the captains armband.
Source: Wales Online
Jun 27 - 5:34 AM

Gareth Bale scored from a free kick for the second time in as many matches in the European Championship but England would score twice unanswered in the second half to defeat Wales, 2-1.

England was well in control for the majority of the match but Wales were able to make the best of their one opportunity in the first half to take the lead. In the 42 minute, Gareth Bale delivered a long-range free kick that Joe Hart could only get a touch to push it inside the post after some questionable footwork. The Welsh defense did well to maintain their composure despite being kept very busy but they finally began to crack in the second half when England made some changes. The Three Lions would equalize when a cross into the area was directed by the head of Ashley William's straight into the path of the always dangerous Jamie Vardy, who punished the mistake with a goal from point blank range. Wales looked to hold on for the draw as the match entered stoppage time, but Sturridge would spoil that plan with a late strike. They are in a dead heat now with Slovakia for second place in their group, sitting on three points with an even goal differential, three for and three against.
Source: Guardian
Jun 16 - 11:38 AM

Francesco Guidolin says Ashley Williams "will not play again this season" as he believes the center back is in need of rest while Jefferson Montero will miss out as he nurses a knock.

After making through the season with very little injury impact, the Swans appear to be dropping like flies in the last two weeks. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Neil Taylor have already been ruled out of the match against West Ham on Saturday and it sounds like Williams is all but guaranteed to sit this one out as well. Jordi Amat will likely come in to partner Federico Fernandez in central defense while Wayne Routledge looks the favorite to start on the left wing. The absence of key players for the Swans is only making West Ham investment stronger for this gameweek than it already was.
May 5 - 1:41 PM

Arsenal got everything else they wanted this week but they couldn't jump back in the title race as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Swansea City at the Emirates.

Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams may be the two players who effectively dumped Arsenal out of the title race and put their Champions League prospects back in doubt for next season as the Gunners lost 2-1 to traveling Swansea City. Arsenal opened the scoring through Joel Campbell but saw Routledge even the score and Williams provide the go-ahead goal. With Leicester City drawing and Spurs and Manchester City losing this was a golden opportunity lost for Arsene Wenger's side.
Mar 2 - 5:08 PM

Swansea City put together a good showing in front of newly-appointed head coach Francesco Guidolin in a 1-0 win against Watford on Monday night.

The three points proves to be a massive boost for the Swans as they jump out of the relegation zone with a one-point lead over Newcastle. It was Ashley Williams who rose to the occasion at the Liberty Stadium on both ends of the pitch, starting with his first-half header that ended up being the match-winner. After a scramble in the penalty area following a corner, Ki Sung-yueng floated a cross into the area that Williams dispatched past Heurelho Gomes for his first Premier League goal in nearly two years. But Williams was at his best on the defensive end, covering up an often porous Swansea defense with key interceptions and using his formidable aerial presence to clear out crosses late in the second half.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 18 - 5:10 PM

Swansea City could not penetrate the Everton defense but put on a fine defensive display themselves as the two sides played to a 0-0 final at Liberty Stadium.

The usual suspects involves in the Swansea attack, Bafetimbi Gomis, Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero and Jonjo Shelvey all had opportunities to score on the day but the plaudits have to go the defense. Everton threatened throughout the match but Ashley Williams led his back line to a clean sheet, most notably clearing an Arouna Kone shot off of the line. That makes two straight blanks for the attack though, as they will look to get back on track next week against Southampton.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Everton have targeted Swansea skipper Ashley Williams as the man to replace John Stones, despite manager Garry Monk stressing he is not for sale…

Earlier this week Swansea boss Garry Monk was adamant that his skipper Ashley Williams was not for sale. This was in response to Crystal Palace’s approach, amid reports they were prepared to spend up to £10m for the Welsh international center-back. Since then ESPN have reported that Everton have identified Williams as the man to replace John Stones, should he leave for Chelsea. The message now coming out of Swansea is Williams would cost £25m. An extortionately high fee for a 30-year-old, but not the same as ‘not for sale.’ Everton are aggressively holding out for a £30m+ fee for Stones but that money will not do them any good in the bank, with only one other senior defender in the current squad. And Swansea will know this only too well.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 07:31:00 AM

Crystal Palace are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of center-back Ashley Williams, according to Swansea manager Garry Monk…

Most things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And theMost things have gone right for Palace this summer. The signings of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford have excited the fans. The acquisition of young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the new contract accepted by Scott Dann provide stability. And the early season form of fit-again Jordan Mutch has been a bonus. Alan Pardew was looking to spend up to £10 million on securing the services of Swansea captain Ashley Williams, but according to his manager Garry Monk should accept defeat. Telling TalkSPORT, ‘Ash will be here, he’ll be with Swansea’. Fairly clear cut.
Source: The Mirror
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 06:54:00 AM

Crystal Palace are ready to launch another £10 million-plus bid, this time for Swansea center-back Ashley Williams…

It appears there is still some money burning a hole in the pocket of Palace owner Steve Parish. He has apparently sanctioned Alan Pardew’s £10m pursuit of Swansea center-back Ashley Williams. It’s an eye-brow raising move all around. Williams is Swansea’s captain and the player and club have resisted overtones from Arsenal and Manchester United in recent seasons. But now 30-years-old, the length of contract and size of fee on offer take on greater significance. And as much as the Swans boss Garry Monk would not want to lose him, a figure of £10m would be difficult to turn down.
Source: The Mirror
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 07:19:00 AM

Ashley Williams continues to be a steady reliable contributor to the cause for Swansea City, playing every minute thus far this season and keeping the Swans in virtually every contest.

The Swans have only been spanked once this season, when they were beaten 0-5 at the hands of table leading Chelsea. Otherwise, they have been a composed, organized side that has made the most of what they have. They were unlucky to get a positive result in the Liverpool game this past weekend, but they can also hang their hat on defeating Manchester United in both fixtures. Williams joins John O'Shea, Joel Ward, Ahmed Elmohamady and Aaron Cresswell as the only outfield players to spend every moment of every league game on the pitch.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 08:58:00 PM

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has spent the two weeks between league matches to recover from a shoulder injury he picked up against Chelsea and has been declared fit for selection on Sunday.

Excellent news for Garry Monk and Swansea fans as the club have a tough task of finding a positive result against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. With Wilfried Bony long gone and Gylfi Sigurdsson serving the first of a three-match ban, it may take a tight defense to steal a road point and that feat would be next to impossible without Williams. A true soldier, he has yet to miss a minute of pitch time this season and it appears that impressive trend will continue on Sunday.
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 04:12:00 PM

Garry Monk took the unusual step of apologising to opposition manager Jose Mourinho following his sides inability to give Chelsea "a game." Swansea were battered into submission and the match as a contest which was effectively over by half-time.

Chelsea returned to their free flowing best but mistakes from the home side contributed to the Swansea downfall who were off the pace from the opening minute. Without Ki [Asian Cup] and Leon Britton [groin strain] the Jacks were forced into a reshuffle while Nelson Oliveira made his first competitive start in midfield. Matic, Oscar and Fabregas were in scintillating form - the home side never stood a chance - and when Wayne Routledge [Achilles] limped off on 32 minutes an already difficult task was made almost impossible. However the Swans rallied during the second half to keep the score-line respectable but a late injury to Ashley Williams [shoulder] will be cause for further concern.
Source: Wales Online
Sat, Jan 17, 2015 07:18:00 PM

Club captain Ashley Williams has signed a new contract that will see him stay with Swansea City for another four years.

Williams has been a solid center back for the Welsh side, playing a major role in their promotion a few years back. He is the captain of the Wales national team as well, so it only makes sense that he would be happy to stay at Liberty Stadium. Rumors spoke of interest from Sunderland and Arsenal but Swansea is just the right fit and this deal will see his tenure with the club reach a full decade by contract's end.
Source: The Guardian
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 09:45:00 AM

Sunderland have made an undisclosed bid for Swansea captain Ashley Williams, according to Sky sources.

Sunderland are short on central defenders, and Williams has just one year left on his contract at the Liberty Stadium. With no evidence of the 29-year old wanting to sign a new deal, Swansea might be tempted to cash in on him now rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 04:27:00 AM