More than a full calendar year after breaking both his tibia and fibula after a tackle from Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross, Arsenal FC's Aaron Ramsey has returned to first team action in their FA Cup match against Manchester United. Ramsey had been an unused substitute previously and has played for Championship clubs in two separate loan spells, but this substitute appearance is his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt since the 27th of February, 2010.
His 72nd minute entrance, in place of Abou Diaby, was met by a loud roar by the away fans that was easily audible at Old Trafford. Much like Valencia's return for United, Ramsey's return couldn't have come at a better time. Arsenal are thin in the center of midfield, with both Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas battling injury.
If you're unaware of how highly touted a young player Ramsey was before his injury (and still is), the announcer told an awesome story about a U-21 international fixture between Wales and England. in the game, Sunderland's hard-tackling defensive midfielder, Lee Cattermole, was set to man mark Ramsey during the game. Ramsey embarrassed him so thoroughly that Stuart Pearce subbed Cattermole off after 35 minutes. Welcome back, Aaron.