Saturday 7 December 2019

Ramsey 'in good spirits' - Toshack

Tom White

Aaron Ramsey is in "surprisingly good spirits" after the tackle that broke his leg, according to his international manager, John Toshack. The Arsenal and Wales midfielder (19) underwent emergency surgery after his leg was broken in two places in a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Toshack, speaking before his side play Sweden tonight, said: "It is a horrific injury. It was a sad, unfortunate incident. He seems in decent spirits but it is a blow for the player, the club and us."

The surgeon who operated on Eduardo's horrific leg injury has offered hope to fans praying Ramsey makes a full recovery. Dr Khalid Baloch is cautiously optimistic that the Ramsey could one day return at the same level.

"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," he said.

"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."

Having had a first-hand view of Eduardo's injury, Dr Baloch is well qualified to speak on Ramsey's situation. And he said: "If you look at the way Ramsey was tackled, it looks a fairly similar mechanism of injury (to Eduardo). But there are lots of bones around that area so it's difficult to know whether it's the same bone that has been injured."

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