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Wales' Aaron Ramsey returns for Arsenal reserves

Aaron Ramsey in agony after suffering his broken leg
Aaron Ramsey in agony after suffering his broken leg

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has returned from his horrific leg break by playing the first half of a match against Wolves reserves.

The 19-year-old has been out since suffering fractures to the tibia and fibula of his right leg after a tackle by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in February.

After months of rehabilitation work in the gym he is back at last.

"I have been waiting for this a long time, and I couldn't wait to get out onto the pitch," said Ramsey.

"Obviously it is great to be back playing my first game and I felt it went quite well.

"I was blowing a bit after about 20 minutes, so I have got some work to do in that department, but I feel very good about myself.

"In training, I felt I was as fit as all the rest, but being out there proved I was a bit behind.

"That is to be expected and the more games I play, the more match fit I am going to get.

"After you have been out for nine months, your muscles are still adapting to the hard training and games, so for some players they can get injuries which set them back for a few weeks, but hopefully I can stay injury free.

"I have another few reserve games planned, with 60 minutes and then a full game - then I can try to fight for my place again.

"I am not going to jump back in, it is going to take a bit of time.


"But as soon as I feel I am match fit, I am going to try to get back into the starting XI."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who set Ramsey a November target back in August, said at the time that he was delighted to see Ramsey back on the training pitch.

"You would be amazed if you saw him in training, he has suddenly in the last month made a huge step forward," said the Frenchman. "If I consider now when I look at him, you see his smile again.

"He has changed since six months ago because he has the feeling that the worst is behind him and everyday he is getting closer to what he wants to be, and that means being a football player."

News of Ramsey's return is a boost for Wales, who have lost their first three Euro 2012 qualifiers in his absence.

Ramsey turned down a move to Manchester United in June 2008 to sign for the Gunners from Cardiff City in a £5m deal.

He made rapid progress after his arrival at the Emirates, making 29 appearances in all competitions last season before his injury, scoring four times.

In April he said that he accepted that Shawcross did not mean to break his leg, but added that he felt the Stoke defender could have avoided the challenge which ended his season.

"The tackle is out of my head now," Ramsey told Arsenal TV on Wednesday.

"I just want to concentrate on trying to get back into the first team and to play competitive games for them.

"Hopefully now I can do that in the near future. I just want to play as much as I can and try to make up for the many months I have been out."

And Ramsey maintains there are no psychological barriers to overcome following the tackle that led to the injury.

"I have seen the specialist and he was happy for me to go back into contact, so I don't have a problem with it," he added.

"I had a few kicks on the leg and it felt good."

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Wenger denies Ramsey loan rumour
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Ramsey accepts accidental break
03 Apr 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
Ramsey a 'future Arsenal captain'
05 Jan 10 |  Arsenal
Ramsey agrees new deal at Arsenal
01 Jul 09 |  Arsenal
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal
BBC Sport Wales coverage
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