Bad news for Arsenal fans as star midfielder Jack Wilshere could be out until the end of April after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot.
Wilshere, 22, suffered the injury while playing for England against Denmark on Wednesday and the fact that he wasn’t substituted immediately by the Three Lions will upset fans of the Gunners.
The incident occurred in the 12th minute in the friendly but after being assessed by England’s medical staff, Wilshere was allowed to continue and played 59 minutes before being replaced by Adam Lallana in central midfield.
In a statement on Arsenal’s website, the club confirmed their own evaluation on Thursday had found a fracture in Wilshere’s foot and that he will be out for a minimum of six weeks.
“Following initial scans carried out by the FA on Wednesday night, further investigation by Arsenal’s medical team has discovered a crack to a small bone in Jack’s left foot – the navicular, an area of his foot which has not been previously injured. Jack will now require a period of approximately six weeks’ rehabilitation, before starting to regain his match fitness.”
For most of the 2013-14 season Wilshere has managed to stay off the treatment table, as the past few seasons have been an absolute nightmare for the England youngster.
I was present when his injury woe began, as a hefty challenge in a preseason match against the New York Red Bulls back in the summer of 2011 saw Wilshere require ankle surgery after a fracture and he then missed the entire 2011-12 campaign for Arsenal and England.
Let’s hope Wilshere doesn’t take anywhere near that long to recover, but losing a key cog in midfield at such a crucial time of the season will surely irk Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger, especially given the fact that Wilshere was playing in quite a meaningless friendly with his place n Roy Hodgson England squad all but secured for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Arsenal will now be without Wilshere for the FA Cup quarterfinal vs. Everton on Saturday, the UEFA Champions league last 16 clash away at Bayern Munich and massive league games against Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City, Everton and West Ham.
We haven’t heard the last of this.