What do Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock, French striker Djibril Cisse and Formula One driver Mark Webber have in common?

All three have suffered similar injuries to Aaron Ramsey, and all three have been in touch to wish the Welshman well since he was cut down in his prime at Stoke in February.

Ramsey suffered a double leg fracture after a challenge from Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium and is now well into his rehabilitation. The 19-year-old faces a long road back to full fitness but he has been buoyed by the sheer volume of support he's received from family, friends, fans, team-mates - and that aforementioned trio.

"There's been so much support - I think there were something like 50,000 messages within a couple of days," Ramsey told the Official Matchday Programme.

"I was very happy to see all the e-mails and cards and things coming over, and that helps you get through - knowing that people want you and are trying to encourage you to get back as quickly as you can. It's shown me what I have, not that I really needed reminding - this is such a family club and everybody, from the staff to the fans, has been so supportive.

"There's also been a lot of goodwill from other clubs and their fans, too - as well as other sports people. There have been a few from people who have had similar injuries - Stephen Warnock was one, Djibril Cisse another and I also heard from the Formula One driver Mark Webber.

"It's very encouraging to know that people who have had this kind of accident are now doing so well at such a high level now. I was asking them questions about their injuries and it was quite reassuring. There's also been a lot of support from ex-team-mates and I'm very thankful."

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

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source
3 Apr 2010