Ramsey could return from horror injury in SIX months
Published 23:00 28/02/10 By John Cross
Stricken Aaron Ramsey could be back from his horror injury in six months.
Devastated Ramsey has been told his leg break is not as bad as team mate Eduardo suffered two years ago because it was well above the ankle. Medics hope he will play again in between six to nine months.
But last night angry Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner branded Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross’s challenge “out of control, terrible and totally mad.”
Arsenal teenager Ramsey has already undergone surgery after Shawcross’s challenge broke the Welsh international’s tibia and fibula in his right leg.
Ramsey, 19, has had both bones pinned and will now been transferred to London for further surgery and treatment by the same specialists who treated Arsenal striker Eduardo after his leg break two years ago.
The young Welshman's injury happened further up his leg than Eduardo’s horror break and a full recovery is expected.
It comes as a huge boost for Ramsey’s team mates who have now seen three players suffer similar horror injuries after Eduardo and Abou Diaby.
Arsenal striker Eduardo, who suffered a sickening broken leg at Birmingham two years ago, and he insists Ramsey will come back stronger.
Eduardo told a Brazilian TV station: “Seeing that again made me think about my injury and what happened. It brought back my memories. But I am totally convinced Ramsey will come back. The whole team is with him, supporting him.”
Arsenal’s players and manager Arsene Wenger will visit Ramsey this week and Danish striker Bendtner led the chorus of support for the injured midfielder.
He insisted they are now determined to win the title for their team mate.
Bendtner, who scored Arsenal’s equaliser in their win at Stoke, said: “To be honest, I don’t care about my goal and the win. Aaron is one of my best friends and all my thoughts go to him. It is a totally horrifying injury.
“I was standing right next to Aaron, when it happened, and immediately there was no doubt at all, that he broke his leg. It was a terrible, totally mad tackle from Ryan Shawcross, and he is really smashing hard into Aaron.
“I don’t believe, that anybody would try to intentionally to make an injury on another player, a fellow professional, but the way he is going into the tackle is out of control, and that doesn’t belong anywhere.
“As far as I saw on the pitch, all the players from both teams were shocked, and so was I, because everyone could see, how awful it was. Thomas (Sorensen) came up to me, and we were both really shocked.
“Afterwards we were told, that Aaron will be out for at least 6-9 months, and I feel, that it is just so sad for him. Aaron is so young.
“I think about, how bad I felt, when I was out for three months with my groin injury, and this is just so much worse for Aaron.”
“But now we will go and win the title for Aaron.”
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas added: “It felt like the same experience as what happened to Eduardo. I am angry because players are not protected by referees.
“I love English football but to suffer three such injuries like this in five years means the FA and referees should take more action. I just hope that Ramsey makes a full recovery because an injury like this is complicated for any player.”
Ironically, Shawcross was called up for England just hours after being sent off and leaving the pitch in tears after his tackle on Ramsey.
Fabio Capello spoke to Shawcross for 40 minutes on Saturday night and delayed the naming of his squad to check on the Stoke defender’s mental state, especially as he will be training with England at Arsenal’s Hertfordshire HQ this week.
But Stoke boss Tony Pulis has defended his player, pointing out that he has never been sent off before and also said his team have been victims in the past.
Pulis said: “It’s a disappointing challenge and as I say it’s so ironic that Ryan’s involved in it because of all the players that we’ve got here he’s such a gentle kid, such a gentle lad.
“Just by the effect it had as he was walking off the pitch and what’s happened since it will be devastating for him. We’ll have to make sure we keep a close eye on him. My condolences go out to Aaron and Arsenal. No one likes to see that happen.
“I honestly don’t think that Ryan is the type of a person who would ever go out to do anything like this. We’ll see what effect it has on him. But he’s a great lad.
“Rory Delap broke his leg in a challenge with a Sunderland player a few years ago and was out for nearly eight months. We dealt with it in-house and got on with it."