Ryan - No malice in tackle
Ryan Shawcross insists there was "absolutely no malice" in his challenge on Aaron Ramsey.
Last Updated: 28/02/10 1:12pm
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross claims there was "absolutely no malice" in the challenge on Aaron Ramsey which led to the Arsenal player suffering a badly broken leg.
Saturday's game at the Britannia Stadium was overshadowed by the serious nature of Ramsey's injury, following what was a tackle on him described as "horrendous" by Arsene Wenger.
The 19-year-old Wales midfielder was taken to hospital immediately and now faces a long period of rehabilitation before he will appear again in an Arsenal shirt.
In a statement issued by Shawcross, who has been called up to the England squad to play Egypt next week, the player is adamant there was no intent.
The statement read: "There was absolutely no malice in the challenge.
"I would never, ever go out to hurt a fellow professional.
"I am deeply upset that Aaron has suffered such a bad injury and my thoughts are with him.
"I would like to send him my best wishes too for a speedy recovery."
The 22-year-old's sentiments were echoed by his club, who added in the statement: "Stoke City would like to send their best wishes to Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal Football Club."
They added: "The club do, however, wish to make it quite clear that there was absolutely no malice in the challenge from Ryan Shawcross which caused the injury."