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Ramsey mentally stronger after leg-break - Gunter

Aaron Ramsey competes with Leicester's Richie Wellens
Aaron Ramsey competes with Leicester's Richie Wellens for Nottingham Forest on his competitive return

Wales defender Chris Gunter says Aaron Ramsey has returned to football mentally stronger for the experience of suffering a horrific leg break.

Gunter saw Ramsey make his competitive return as a Nottingham Forest replacement as they lost 1-0 to Leicester on Monday, 29 November.

Defender Gunter told the Sport Wales TV show: "He's mentally a lot stronger."

Ramsey, 19, joined Forest on loan from Arsenal after returning from the injury suffered in February.

The midfielder sustained the injury in the Gunners' 3-1 win at Stoke in a tackle by Ryan Shawcross, suffering fractures to his tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Aaron's lucky that he's got a really good family, but he coped better than I thought with his boredom and stuff

Chris Gunter

He has spent the months since then recovering and returning to fitness, making his return for Arsenal reserves against Wolves before joining best-mate Gunter under Billy Davies at Forest on loan.

Gunter said: "As a best mate I know what he's gone through over the last nine months.

"It was brilliant to see him come on. I thought he did really well in the time he had and you can tell he's a tough lad.

"He mentioned it to me [going on loan] and I told him about the club and stuff and the only reason he's gone out on loan is because he needs to play games otherwise if he hadn't got injured, he'd be in the Arsenal team every week.

"It's just really good to see him. He's certainly mentally a lot stronger.

"He's a nightmare anyway, he gets bored quite easily at the best of times. He had to ice it every day and he couldn't get around.

"He was a nightmare, I suppose, and he's lucky that he's got a really good family, but he coped better than I thought with his boredom and stuff.

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"He's come back and he's a lot stronger and mentally in years to come I'm sure he'll say it's made him a much stronger person."

Gunter hopes Ramsey's return can herald improved Wales fortunes following a year in which they have suffered a whitewash of six straight defeats and seen John Toshack quit as manager amid a dire Euro 2012 qualifying campaign that has all-but killed off their hopes of making the finals.

However, Wales have a qualifying clash with England to look forward to in March and Gunter believes Ramsey and Jack Collison - if the latter fully recovers from a long-term knee injury - can boost Wales' prospects.

Gunter said: "With Aaron coming back and hopefully Jack Collison coming back soon, it's looking good for Welsh football.

"We've not had not the best of years results-wise internationally so we really need to kick on next year and obviously the fans will be looking towards the England game and Rambo's a massive part of what we do with Wales.

"And it's just really pleasing that he's back and he can look forward to games like that."

*Watch the full Chris Gunter interview on Sport Wales, BBC TWO Wales, on Friday, 3 December 2100-2130 GMT



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see also
Leicester 1-0 Nottm Forest
29 Nov 10 |  Championship
Forest seal loan deal for Ramsey
25 Nov 10 |  Nottm Forest
Ramsey delight at Arsenal return
24 Nov 10 |  Arsenal
Gunter backs full Ramsey recovery
04 Mar 10 |  Welsh
Ramsey has surgery on broken leg
28 Feb 10 |  Arsenal
Ramsey signs new Arsenal contract
01 Jun 10 |  Arsenal
Ramsey a 'future Arsenal captain'
05 Jan 10 |  Arsenal
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Welsh
Wales' results archive
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Pick your Wales XI
05 Feb 07 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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