Aaron Ramsey has taken to Twitter to dismiss suggestions he requires surgery on the thigh problem which kept him sidelined for a four month stint last season.
In Goal.com-esque capital letters, the Daily Mail ran an ‘EXCLUSIVE’ this morning about the Welsh international’s apparent need for an operation but appear to have pulled the plug on their hit-whoring tactics since the player released a statement clarifying:
“Please ignore any stories about me needing surgery. They are completely false. I’m enjoying my summer and already can’t wait for pre-season.”
After a busy tail end of the season, which culminated with the winner in the FA Cup final, the 22-year-old wasn’t selected by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the upcoming friendly with Holland.
Speaking last week about the decision to rest Ramsey, Coleman told Sky Sports: “The problem we’ve got is that he had the same injury problem after Christmas – it was recurring.
“We thought he could come with us, but we think he needs a good rest. He is a loss, of course he is, and we are a better team when he is with us, that’s obvious.
“But we didn’t want to take the risk, neither did Aaron, nor Arsenal, I would have thought. He is getting married also, but that’s after the game, so that wouldn’t have been a big problem, but we think he needs a bit of a rest so we can get him ready for the start of the season.”
Someone at Daily Mail towers – probably some worker chimp with balls in a vice – deemed this a smoking gun and went hell for leather trying to ratchet up some hits with the sensational news that Ramsey would require an amputation. Or something.
We assume he was the office hero for a couple of hours – even eclipsing the new girl on the showbiz desk who ran a story about Kim Kardashian’s left tit looking slightly sad on a day out in Scarborough – before he was pushed off the roof into a pool of acid.
So to clarify, the Welsh Jesus is alright. The story was made up.
Naturally, we await the Daily Mail’s EXCLUSIVE about Ramsey’s tweet with baited breath.