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17 April 2024

Ramsey injury sours Arsenal victory

Ramsey was treated for several minutes on the field. (SUPPLIED)

By Reuters

Arsenal's teenage Wales international Aaron Ramsey suffered a horrific leg injury against Stoke City on Saturday that will keep him sidelined for months, according to shocked manager Arsene Wenger.

Ramsey, 19, was taken off on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance at the side of the pitch with what appeared to be a badly broken leg after a challenge by Ryan Shawcross.

The 22-year-old defender looked utterly distraught even before he was sent off for his 66th minute challenge in the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium.

Players from both sides looked shocked after the incident and Shawcross appeared to be wiping away tears as he walked towards the dressing room.

Sky Sports, who were broadcasting the match live, announced they would not replay the incident as it would be "too upsetting" for their viewers.

"There was absolutely no malice in the challenge. I would never, ever go out to hurt a fellow professional," Shawcross said on the club's website, stokecityfc.com.

"I am deeply upset that Aaron has suffered such a bad injury and my thoughts are with him. I would like to send him my best wishes."

Ramsey was treated for several minutes and had an oxygen mask on his face before he was taken away.

His team responded with two late goals to win 3-1 and move to within three points of Chelsea at the top of the table. Wenger said the injury made it hard for him to enjoy Arsenal's win.


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