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Published: 18:28 | 5/5/16

Swansea to rest Williams ahead of Euro 2016

The 31-year-old is set to captain Wales at Euro 2016 in France this summer

Swansea City plan to rest captain Ashley Williams for the final two matches of the Premier League season to give the Wales' skipper time to prepare for Euro 2016.

Swans' coach Francesco Guidolin believes the centre-back deserves a break ahead of Wales' Group B campaign, which begins against Slovakia in Bordeaux on 11 June, before fixtures against England in Lens on 16 June and Russia in Toulouse on 20 June..

Williams has played every minute of Swansea's Premier League campaign this season, and also featured in every match of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Wales qualified for this summer's European Championships, their first major tournament since the 1976 Euros, by finishing second to Belgium in their qualifying group.

"Ash will not play again this season, he needs a break," Guidolin said ahead of Swansea’s trip to West Ham on Saturday.

"He is tired because he has played a lot of games this season and before.

"Ash is the skipper, a good player and leader, and he is very important for me and our team. But it is better for Ash to rest and be prepared for the Euros and for next season."

Wales defender Neil Taylor and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will also miss the trip to Upton Park at the weekend and Swansea’s final game of the season at home against Manchester City, with minor injuries.

Guidolin, who was appointed on a short-term contract in January, will find out whether he will be offered a new deal following the City game on 15 May.

"We achieved our target [of staying up] and now the atmosphere is nice,” said Guidolin.

"We are more relaxed and the performance in general in these four months has been good. I am proud of my players but we are not finished, we have two more games against big clubs."

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