Ramsey won't dwell on tackle
Arsenal teenager Aaron Ramsey has vowed to come back 'fitter and stronger', but does not want to dwell on Ryan Shawcross' challenge.
Last Updated: 05/03/10 7:49pm
Aaron Ramsey has vowed to come back 'fitter and stronger' after revealing he does not want to dwell on the challenge which left him with a double leg fracture.
The Arsenal teenager suffered the horror injury during last week's 3-1 win at Stoke City following a tackle from Ryan Shawcross which saw the defender sent off.
Arsene Wenger described the challenge as 'horrendous' and 'unacceptable' and, speaking ahead of the Gunners' game against Burnley on Saturday, stood firm in his criticism of the tackle.
Ramsey is keen to put the incident behind him and is now focusing on the future after undergoing surgery on his fractured tibia and fibula.
"I remember what happened clearly and after the tackle went in I saw that my leg was broken and hanging at an angle," said the midfielder in a statement on Arsenal's official website.
"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."