STEPHEN WARD says he bears no grudge towards Cesc Fabregas after the tackle from the Arsenal star which forced the Dubliner to be stretchered off during Wednesday's Premier League game at Molineux.
Ward was forced off with two minutes to go during the midweek game against Arsenal as a challenge from Fabregas left him with a gash on his leg, but the Spaniard insisted on apologising to the Irishman after the game and the matter is over, as far as Ward is concerned.
"I don't hold any grudge against Fabregas," Ward told the Herald today. "It was just one of those things in football.
"You see it happen all the time; someone tries to block a ball, they just catch their opponent with the studs and you get an injury.
"It was just two committed players going for the same ball.
"Fabregas came in to see me after the game to apologise.
"Someone from Arsenal came in to say Fabregas wanted to see me and say sorry man-to-man.
"I told him there was no need, that he didn't have to do that, but Fabregas insisted, which I think shows the mark of the man.
"He didn't have to do it, come into the opponents' dressing room to see me but he did.
"He just said sorry for what had happened but he was going for the ball and wasn't trying to get me, it was just a mis-timed tackle."
Ward added: "I have a lot of respect for Fabregas after that, we just shook hands and he wished me the best. It wasn't malicious and he's not malicious, it's not in his game.
"He is one of the best players in the world and that's not how he plays, he doesn't injure people.
"It's not a big deal, it could have been worse and it happens on football pitches all over the place every weekend.
"I don't want to make a big song and dance about it.
"(Wolves boss) Mick McCarthy said the same after the game that it wasn't a bad challenge, it was just mistimed.
"Coming off the back of all the press we have had about our play and how we approach games, how we are supposedly tackling people, it was good for Mick to say that.
"No fuss, no outcry, just a case of two players going for the same ball, one of them got injured and unfortunately for me that was me.
"But you just get on with it, you dust yourself down, get back fit and get back playing," added Ward, who was today recovering at home after having eight stitches in the wound.
"I'll take it day by day and see what the doctors say, maybe the Bolton game tomorrow will be too soon.
"I don't want to do anything stupid by rushing straight back and making the wound worse.
"I'll see how the stitches hold up today and assess it over the weekend."