Ramsey suffered the injury during Arsenal's Premier League win at Stoke
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has vowed to return "fitter and stronger" from the horrifying broken leg he suffered against Stoke last weekend.
Speaking for the first time about the injury, the 19-year-old thanked Stoke's Glenn Whelan for his help at the time.
But he did not mention Ryan Shawcross, whose tackle caused the injury.
"It is difficult for me to take it all in at the moment," he said. "I thought I had been progressing well so this is a real setback. It's hard to take."
Fortunately for the promising Welshman, the fractured fibula and tibia he suffered is not thought to be career-threatening.
Angry Wenger demands fair tackles
However, in the statement, released through the club, he does not address Shawcross, who left the field in tears after the incident and later contacted Ramsey to apologise.
Still, Ramsey, who has not set a timeframe on his return after undergoing surgery on the leg last weekend, thanked Whelan (who comforted him on the pitch), the Stoke City medical staff, Arsenal for their support and the club's fans.
And he is keen to look to the positives as he begins his recovery.
"I am young and have time on my side," he said. "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 remember what happened clearly and after the tackle went in I saw that my leg was broken and hanging at an angle," Ramsey said. "I have seen images of the aftermath of the collision but I don't want to dwell too much on the challenge as I can't change what has happened."
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