Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey on Friday spoke for the first time about suffering a broken leg in a challenge with Ryan Shawcross last weekend - but made no mention of the Stoke defender.

Wales midfielder Ramsey is out for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured tibia and fibula in the incident at the Britannia Stadium.

"I remember what happened clearly and after the tackle went in I saw that my leg was broken and hanging at an angle," Ramsey said. "I have seen images of the aftermath of the collision again but I don't want to dwell too much on the challenge as I can't change what has happened."

He added: "It is difficult for me to take everything in at the moment. I thought I had been progressing well this season, so of course this is a real setback. I am determined and focused on overcoming this injury and hope to be back fitter and stronger than before."

The 19-year-old on Friday thanked Stoke's Glenn Whelan for his assistance on the pitch, but Shawcross - who left the pitch in tears after being sent off and has sent messages of support to Ramsey in hospital - was not mentioned.

Ramsey added: "I have been overwhelmed by the terrific support I have received from so many people, including fans from many different football clubs.

"In particular, I would like to thank the medical team here at Arsenal for their efforts, as well as the staff at both hospitals.

"Glenn Whelan was especially kind and I really appreciated his immediate assistance on the pitch as well as the medical support from Stoke City. I also want to say thanks to Arsenal for helping my family this week.

"Last but certainly not least, I have been blown away by the fantastic messages of support from the Arsenal fans. I am proud to be an Arsenal player and your support has been incredibly touching.  

"Finally, I want to wish my team-mates all the best for the remainder of the season. I know that we are capable of winning a trophy and I will be backing them all the way."

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