Injured Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey in 'good spirits'
Ramsey underwent surgery on Saturday evening following the injury at Stoke
John Toshack has revealed his injured Wales star Aaron Ramsey is "comfortable and in good spirits" in hospital after his horrific double leg break.
The Arsenal teenager had surgery to fix fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg after a challenge by Ryan Shawcross in their 3-1 win at Stoke.
Wales boss Toshack said: "He is as comfortable as can be expected.
"He seemed in surprisingly decent spirits when I spoke to him. We hope he has a speedy and successful recovery."
The Welsh midfielder's double compound fracture at the Britannia Stadium had echoes of the injury sustained by Arsenal team-mate Eduardo at Birmingham two years ago.
And the surgeon who operated on Eduardo's injury has offered hope by saying Ramsey should make a full recovery from the similar setback.
Toshack admits Ramsey 'blow'
The 19-year-old was stretchered off and taken straight to hospital after the challenge by Shawcross on Saturday, an incident in which the Stoke defender was sent off.
"It is a horrific injury, it makes you want to vomit," said Toshack. "It is a sad and unfortunate incident. I saw the aftermath of the injury and I thought 'oh no.'
"I still haven't seen the incident on TV, I have just seen the disturbing photographs in the newspapers and you can imagine how I felt.
"For anybody it is a sad, sad thing but for a young player like Aaron who has improved immensely over the last six or seven months.
"And the last couple of games we felt as though we are on the right lines with him, so this is a big blow for all of us involved with Wales - but the main thing is the player's welfare at the moment."
Dr Khalid Baloch, who operated on Eduardo, said: "If it's a straightforward fracture that's been dealt with appropriately with intensive physio then you stand a good chance of returning back to the previous level of activity.
"It is quite variable, the simplest fractures may heal up in two or three months and then there is a period of rehabilitation involved - especially with elite-level athletes.
"On the other hand, if it's a very serious injury it may take many months for the area to heal up and return back to functional activities.
"You've got a time period of anywhere from two or three months to six months for recovery. If it's a simple fracture then he is more likely to return to his previous level of activity.
"As the injury becomes more severe then obviously the rehabilitation is much harder and it's harder to return back to activity.
I have not seen the tackle again but when I first saw it, I do not think it was a dirty tackle - maybe a bit late but no more
Stoke City defender Glenn Whelan
"If you look at the way Ramsey was tackled, it looks a fairly similar mechanism of injury (to Eduardo).
"There are lots of bones around that area so it's difficult to know whether it's the same bone that has been injured or not, but the area that's been injured is similar.
"With anyone who breaks the lower part of their leg, what you do is look to reduce the fragments, or the bone pieces, back to where they should be and then they are held by screws or plates.
"It varies on exactly where the fracture is but in principle that is what you would do for a fracture around that area."
Turning to the rehabilitation process, Dr Baloch added: "Initially most people are trying to get a range of movement back and also try to build up the muscles around that limb and reduce swelling and discomfort, that is the early phase of the rehabilitation process.
"Beyond that phase there is an increase in the range of impact activities with gradual progression to running and then back to sporting activities over a minimum six to 12 months."
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has condemned the tackle on Ramsey as "horrendous and unacceptable" while he also criticises Stoke's overall approach.
While Arsenal great Bob Wilson has called on football authorities to act in the wake of Ramsey's horrific injury.
He said: "The game has moved forward but the Football Association and the Premier League are content to have a brutal side to the game.
He added: "In my opinion this is born out of most managers and coaches facing Arsenal, plus media pundits and even ex-players, instructing their players to get in their faces.
"Arsenal are a relatively small team. Opposing players are told to shake them up, get in their faces, tackle hard, bully them. I would defy coaches and managers to deny that is the case.
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