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Aaron Ramsey accepts his leg-break was accidental

Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey underwent surgery on the Saturday evening after the injury at Stoke

Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey accepts that Ryan Shawcross did not mean to break his leg.

But Ramsey believes the Stoke defender could have avoided the challenge which ended his season a month ago.

"I remember everything but you just have to get on with things, and that is what I am doing," he said.

"I don't believe he wanted to break my leg but I think he wanted to go through the ball and me - to take me out and make sure I felt the tackle."

The 19-year-old added: "He was caught out of position a little, but he could definitely have changed his mind before making the tackle, realising that he was not going to get there and so not committing.

"If I was tackling and saw that there was not a chance of getting to the ball cleanly, I would not make the tackle - and I don't think there was a chance of him getting there.

"He has left me a voicemail and a text message, but I just want to concentrate on my recovery for now."

Ramsey, who joined Arsenal in June, 2008, as a highly-rated 17-year-old for £5m from Cardiff City, has made rapid progress since his arrival at the Emirates and this season has 29 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four times.

And despite the horror challenge and double leg break, he is already walking unaided and returned to London this week after spending time recuperating back home in Caerphilly.

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The left foot of the Welsh Wizard

"You don't realise how much you'd miss football until you're not doing it for a long period of time," Ramsey told Arsenal's official programme.

"The days just become boring, so I can't wait to continue with my recovery and get back into action.

"What happened was a shock to everyone I think, but they've did unbelievably well to go back and win that game and they've carried on ever since.

"Hopefully that'll continue. Obviously I'm very disappointed not to be out there on the pitch but I still feel a part of things and believe I've contributed over the season.

"I want to win the title as much as my team-mates do and hopefully they can achieve that for all of us."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not enjoyed a happy season on the injury front with key players suffering serious problems.

Captain Cesc Fabregas this week became the third player after Ramsey and Samir Nasri in suffering a broken leg in the 2-2 Champions League draw at home to Barcelona.

Striker Robin van Persie has been out since November with ankle ligament damage picked up on international duty.

Defenders Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs are also long-term absentees, while Andre Arshavin, William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Nicklas Bendtner, Eduardo, Denilson and Carlos Vela have all missed parts of the season.

But Arshavin and Gallas picked up fresh calf injuries in the Barcelona draw, with Gallas likely to miss the rest of the season, as will Ramsey, who is not expected back for some time.

"I'm going on holiday to Dubai for a bit this week and then the medical team will reassess the injury and we'll go from there," he added.

"Dubai will just be to relax, obviously my leg starts to ache if I walk on it too much, but it'll be nice to get away and have a bit of sun."



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see also
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
Ramsey agrees new deal at Arsenal
01 Jul 09 |  Arsenal
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal


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