Toshack reveals Ramsey talk
Wales boss John Toshack has spoken to Aaron Ramsey, who is said to be in good spirits despite his injury.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 01/03/10 6:16pm
Wales boss John Toshack has revealed he has spoken to Aaron Ramsey, with the player said to be in 'good spirits' despite his shocking injury.
Ramsey, who has won 11 caps for his country, was taken to hospital to undergo emergency surgery following a horror tackle from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross which shattered his leg in two places in Arsenal's 3-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The 19-year-old now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines rather than meeting up with his Welsh colleagues as they prepare for a friendly against Sweden on Wednesday.
"It is a horrific injury, it makes you want to vomit. It was a sad, unfortunate incident," said Toshack.
"I spoke to him this morning and he seems in decent spirits but it is a blow for the player, the club and us.
"All we can do now is hope for a speedy, successful recovery, but obviously it is going to be a long one.
"The information we have got is that he is as comfortable as can be expected and he seemed in surprisingly decent spirits when I spoke to him."
The injury is a desperate blow for a player who has seen his star rise this season, with Ramsey featuring in both Arsenal's and Wales' first-team plans on a more regular basis.
However, with his injury now all but certain to see him miss his country's opening games of the Euro 2012 qualifiers commencing at the start of next season, Toshack will need to alter his plans.
"Aaron has just improved immensely over the last six or seven months," he added.
"In the last couple of games we felt as though we were on the right lines for him and for this to happen, from a selfish point of view, is a big blow for us.
"But the main thing is the player at this moment in time."