Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey spoke for the first time, from his hospital bed, about the broken leg he endured in last weeks Premier League clash with Stoke. Ramsey seemed in an upbeat mood and was very grateful to the fans and players that have offered their support to him – but there is no mention of Ryan Shawcross!
“I remember what happened clearly and after the tackle went in I saw that my leg was broken and hanging at an angle.”
“I have seen images of the aftermath of the collision again but I don’t want to dwell too much on the challenge as I can’t change what has happened.
“It is difficult for me to take everything in at the moment. I thought I had been progressing well this season, so of course this is a real setback.
“It is very hard to take but I am young and have time on my side. I had an operation last weekend and, while it will take time for my leg to heal, I am determined and focused on overcoming this injury and hope to be back fitter and stronger than before.
“I have been overwhelmed by the terrific support I have received from so many people, including fans from many different football clubs.
“In particular, I would like to thank the medical team here at Arsenal for their efforts, as well as the staff at both hospitals.
“Glenn Whelan was especially kind and I really appreciated his immediate assistance on the pitch as well as the medical support from Stoke City. I also want to say thanks to Arsenal for helping my family this week.
“Last but certainly not least, I have been blown away by the fantastic messages of support from the Arsenal fans. I am proud to be an Arsenal player and your support has been incredibly touching.
“Finally, I want to wish my team-mates all the best for the remainder of the season. I know that we are capable of winning a trophy and I will be backing them all the way.”
It is obvious that the kid is ready to work hard to win his place back in the Arsenal team. The injury has to be a devastating blow, but at 19 years old, he has time on his side. Eduardo endured a similar injury last season against Birmingham, and has since made his way back into the first team fold at Arsenal. In my opinion, Shawcross did not intentionally injure Ramsey. Stoke City are a hard working, tough team that like to get stuck in. To be honest, this hard working, never die attitude has a lot to do with the fact that they are currently in a comfortable mid table position! And Shawcross is just a cog in the wheel. He was well on his way to challenge for the ball before Ramsey kicked it. It was a freak accident, and it is extremely unfortunate that Ramsey had to injure such a horrific injury. I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope that he is able to make it back into the Arsenal fold sooner, rather than later!