Aaron Ramsey does NOT believe that Ryan Shawcross intended to break his leg - but he does think the Stoke defender could have pulled out of the tackle that caused his horrific injury.

The Arsenal midfielder reflected on the incident at the Britannia Stadium in February when he spoke to the Official Matchday Programme ahead of the Wolves game.

Ramsey has not seen the challenge on television since he started his rehabilitation but he remembers it clearly. According to the Wales international, Shawcross could and should have changed his mind about going through with the tackle.

"I remember it all," said Ramsey. "I don't believe he [Shawcross] wanted to break my leg, but I think he wanted to go through both the ball and me - to take me out and make sure I felt the tackle.

"He was caught out of position a little, but he could definitely have changed his mind before making the tackle, realising that he wasn't going to get there and so not committing. If I was tackling and I saw that there wasn't a chance of getting to the ball cleanly I wouldn't make the tackle - and I don't think there was a chance of him getting there.

"He left me a voicemail and a text message but I just want to concentrate on my recovery for now.

"I can't do anything about it now. You just have to get on with things and that's what I'm doing at the moment. I've seen the pictures, and quick glimpses on Sky, but haven't actually sat down and watched the video. Like I said though, I remember everything."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20. 

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3 Apr 2010