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Sunday 17 December 2017

Eduardo surgeon backs Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey will make a full recovery from the horrific broken leg he suffered during the Premier League match at Stoke on Saturday, according to the surgeon who successfully helped his Arsenal team-mate Eduardo recover from a similar injury.

The 19-year-old midfielder sustained fractures to the tibia and fibula in his right leg following a tackle from Ryan Shawcross and underwent successful surgery on Saturday evening.

Khalid Baloch was the consultant trauma surgeon at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham when Eduardo broke his leg in similar circumstances following a crunching tackle from Martin Taylor.

Eduardo made a return to action after a year on the sidelines and Baloch, who has only seen pictures of Ramsey's injury, believes the Wales international faces a similar rehabilitation.



déjà vu

"I expect it is déjà vu for Arsenal's staff and will bring back memories for them. If you look at the pictures it is similar to where Eduardo was holding his leg," Baloch said.

"The Arsenal physios and doctors have seen this before though and it will be fresh in their minds.

"I expect eventually Ramsey will have the same type of intensive rehab and play again. Arsenal's physios did a great job with Eduardo."

He added: "There were some similarities with Eduardo and a leg break is usually six to nine months out.

"The mechanism of the injury is obviously similar with two players getting involved in a tackle and one player's foot hits the other's leg.

"Whenever any break has a significant bend in it, as his did, there is a possibility for a compound fracture but it is hard to tell if that happened to Ramsey as well."

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