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Ramsey makes return pledge
06 Mar 2010 - 11:36:52
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has vowed to return "fitter and stronger" from the double leg fracture he suffered at Stoke last weekend.
Ramsey, 19, is facing months on the sidelines after a controversial tackle from Ryan Shawcross left the rising star with a fractured fibula and tibia.
"I remember what happened clearly and after the tackle went in I saw that my leg was broken and hanging at an angle," he said 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."
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insists he was right to criticise Stoke and Shawcross for a tackle which he described as "horrendous and unacceptable" in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
"I stand by what I said 100 per cent," he said. "I can understand people want to be committed against us and I have no problem with that.
"I love the commitment of the English game. I don't want to change that and it makes the game even more attractive, but high commitment demands fair intention as well.
"I admire a great technical tackle as much as a creative pass.
"We have some good tacklers in this league and some who are not good but that does not mean you go into it trying to break a leg.
"I am continuing to defend the values that I believe are important for our club and football.
"That doesn't mean we are angels and everyone else is the devil."