Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said thank you for the support he has received this week and vowed to return stronger from his broken leg.
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.
The 19-year-old thanked Stoke’s Glenn Whelan for his assistance on the pitch but did not mention his feelings towards Ryan Shawcross, who left the pitch in tears after being sent off and has sent messages of support to Ramsey in hospital.
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Arsene Wenger was critical of Shawcross after the game and he has since backed up his comments but Ramsey, who has privately thanked the defender for his well-wishes, did not comment.
"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.
"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.
"It is very hard to take but I am young and have time on my side. I had an operation last weekend and, while it will take time for my leg to heal, I am determined and focused on overcoming this injury and hope to be back fitter and stronger than before.
"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 teammates 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."