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Chris Gunter backing Aaron Ramsey for a full recovery

Chris Gunter
Gunter came through the youth ranks at Cardiff City with Ramsey

Chris Gunter is confident Wales team-mate Aaron Ramsey will make a full recovery from his horrific leg break.

The Arsenal star had surgery after fracturing the fibula and tibia in a challenge with Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross last weekend.

But Gunter, a good friend and former Cardiff City colleague, is sure Ramsey will put the injury behind him.

"He will get back to how he was, knowing him as I do," insisted Nottingham Forest full-back Gunter.

"If anyone has any doubts about him coming back they will see he will come back even stronger because that is the type of guy he is.

"He's alright. He'll have to be - he's got no choice. I'll tell him that.

"He's still probably a little bit down and in shock, but he has got a good family around him and some good friends.

"Knowing him as I do he will probably walk out of hospital. He is that type of guy."

The 19-year-old was stretchered off and taken straight to hospital after the challenge by Shawcross last Saturday, an incident in which the Stoke defender was sent off.

But Gunter admitted he had not seen the tackle.

Everyone has been thinking of him. It's been a tough few days

Chris Gunter

"I don't want to see it. I don't want to see any picture of it. By all accounts it wasn't a malicious tackle.

"It wasn't nice over the weekend. It's been a tough few days.

"But it's been nice speaking to him and telling him to get back on the pitch as soon as possible."

The Wales team wore special t-shirts in Wednesday night's 1-0 friendly defeat to Sweden at the Liberty Stadium wishing Ramsey a speedy recovery.

"Everyone has been thinking of him," admitted Gunter.

"It was disappointing we couldn't get a result for him [against Sweden]. I'm sure he'd have been watching and willing us on."

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see also
Wales 0-1 Sweden
03 Mar 10 |  Welsh
Toshack admits Ramsey 'blow'
01 Mar 10 |  Arsenal
Injured Ramsey in 'good spirits'
01 Mar 10 |  Arsenal
Ramsey has surgery on broken leg
28 Feb 10 |  Arsenal
Stoke team-mates defend Shawcross
28 Feb 10 |  Stoke
Stoke 1-3 Arsenal
27 Feb 10 |  Premier League
Ramsey agrees new deal at Arsenal
01 Jul 09 |  Arsenal

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