Ryan Shawcross lifted by messages of support after horror tackle on Aaron Ramsey

18 March 2010 05:29
The Manchester United manager and Liverpool midfielder both got in touch within hours of the 22 year-old being sent off for a challenge which left Arsenal's Ramsey with an horrific double-fracture of his right leg. [LNB]Ferguson called Shawcross after United's Carling Cup final victory over Aston Villa - the day after Stoke's game. [LNB]Gerrard, who was captain of the England squad the defender had just been called up to, sent a text message welcoming him into Fabio Capello's group and asking about his welfare. [LNB]Shawcross insists he has now moved on from that night at the Britannia Stadium and is ready for a return to action against Tottenham on Saturday after serving his three-match ban. [LNB]"That's the end of it. We made contact but I'd like to keep that between me and Aaron," said the former Manchester United centre-back, who received more than 300 emails and 100 letters of support from fans after the incident. [LNB]"I just want to concentrate on football and Aaron has to concentrate on getting back to full fitness. [LNB]"It was a big downer after that incident and then I got the England call up, which was a fantastic achievement. [LNB]"Sir Alex rang me after the Carling Cup final, which was good of him, and we had a good chat and that was just something to lift my spirits. [LNB]"That is the man he is and he is a fantastic manager and even when you leave he keeps in contact and makes sure you are all right. [LNB]"That is probably why he is one of the best managers there has been. [LNB]"I got a text from Steven Gerrard to say I was welcome in the squad, so straight away I knew they would be fine with me. [LNB]"He was checking I was fine. He didn't have to do it but it shows what kind of character he is in helping someone out." [LNB]Shawcross is confident the tackle will not have any long-lasting effect on him or the way he plays. [LNB]"I was quite surprised how quickly I was back to normal," he added. [LNB]"I knew straight after I was going to be the same player and make tackles. [LNB]"It was an accident and these things happen in football - I'm not going to change the way I play. [LNB]"If I get chance to play on Saturday I will play my normal game as I always have done." [LNB]Shawcross' participation at the weekend may be in doubt because of an ankle niggle sustained in training. [LNB]However, if he overcomes that manager Tony Pulis has no qualms about thrusting him straight back into the action. [LNB]"I think everyone who has seen the incident, apart from maybe one person (Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger), recognises it was an accident," he said. [LNB]"He has been going into tackles in training and Ryan's been fine, he's been bombing around and doing extra work. [LNB]"It won't make any difference to him and I'm delighted to have him back. [LNB]"We have a very strong dressing room and he has had support from the players - we don't leave people to swim by themselves, he has been very well looked after. [LNB]"He is a very level-headed kid. He's been captain of this team this season and, at that age, I think that shows he has good character." [LNB]Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who is currently on an after-dinner speaking tour, paid a visit to the club's training ground this afternoon and met some of the players. [LNB]"Mike popped in for a few minutes and it was lovely to see him," said Pulis. [LNB]"The organisers are big Stoke supporters so they were keen to get him down here, if only for a couple of minutes." [LNB]

Source: Telegraph