Ward: Fab not to blame

Ward had to be stretchered off during the closing stages of

Wednesday’s clash between the sides at Molineux after being on the

receiving end of Fabregas’ challenge. The Gunners midfielder was

yellow carded for the touch-line tackle and came in for abuse from

Wolves fans for the remainder of the game. But Ward has exonerated

the Spanish star who apologised after the game in the Wolves

dressing room. He said: “It’s a little bit sore but it’s just one

of those things. Thankfully it’s nothing more serious. “I’ve had

four stitches in there and it was painful at the time. “Thankfully

when they (the medical staff) assessed it, they realised it was

just an open wound and there wasn’t any other damage. “I never

thought it was broken or anything but it was really painful so I

didn’t really know what I’d done.” Ward added: “I’ve no problems

about the tackle. It happens in football and everyone tackles. “It

happens a couple of times in every game when people try and block

you. “He (Fabregas) is not a malicious player and I know there was

no intent. “It was just a mistimed challenge and one of those

things that happens in every game. “It was good of him to come and

find me and apologise and that shows what kind of a lad he is.

“He’s one of the best players around and for him to feel he wanted

to apologise was a nice gesture. “There probably wasn’t any need

because it was just a mistimed challenge but it was good of him

anyway.”