Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s season was brought to an end on Saturday after he broke his leg during his side’s 3-1 win against Stoke.
The Welsh teenager suffered an horrific injury when challenge for the ball by Stoke Player Ryan Shawcross who attacked the teenagers ankle, which buckled under the impact.
Shawcross, who received a red card for the tackle, departed the pitch in tears, while Ramsey was left on the floor writhing in pain with his right foot appearing to hang at an unnatural angle.
As a result of the challenge, he fractured his tibia and fibula in his right leg and he had an operation Sunday evening.
The 22 year-old Stoke player, who was visibly distraught at the tackle, said “There was absolutely no malice in the challenge. I would never, ever go out to hurt a fellow professional.”
Shawcross’ manager Tony Pulis defended his player saying “Shawcross is a young lad. He hasn’t got a bit of bad blood in him. He’s devastated by this.”
Aresnal manager Arsene Wenger was very sympathetic to Ramsey’s situation. “To see a young boy of 19 years of age to be injured like that is just not acceptable. “
Ramsey’s injury comes two years and four days after teammate Eduardo’s suffered a similar injury away to Birmingham which derailed Arsenals title push in the 07/08 season.
It also comes nearly four years after Abou Diaby experienced the exact same injury during a 3-0 win over Sunderland in the 05/06 season.
Despite the setback, the gunners went on to gain the 3-1 win which leaves them only 3 points from premier league leaders Chelsea.
Wenger quoted “I’m very proud of my team. I’m proud of the attitude and character, especially after the horrific injury Aaron suffered.”
By Zoe Pope and Josh Crisp.