Bad news for Arsenal fans arrived on Thursday, as the club announced that midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out for at least three months.
Wilshere, 22, underwent surgery on his left ankle following the injury picked up during the second half of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. Wilshere dribbled at United’s defense and is he nicked the ball away on the edge of the box, he was caught late by a tackle from United defender Paddy McNair which forced him to leave the game.
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The England international has spent several spells on the sidelines during his burgeoning career and this latest setback will be a huge blow to Arsene Wenger and the Gunners, as Wilshere has been in fine form for club and country this campaign. This latest injury is the ninth ankle injury of his career to date.
Here’s the full statement from Arsenal’s website, as the North Londoners will be without their influential heartbeat in midfield until February 2015 at the earliest.
Jack Wilshere has had successful surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.
The England international sustained the injury to his ankle ligaments during the Premier League match with Manchester United on Saturday at Emirates Stadium.
An assessment with a specialist confirmed the need for an operation and the 22-year-old had successful surgery to his ankle in London on Thursday afternoon.
Jack will now commence his injury rehabilitation programme with the Arsenal medical team.
Everyone at the club wishes Jack a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.
Wilshere now joins the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Wojciech Szczesny, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby and others on the sidelines as Arsenal continue to have an absolute nightmare when it comes to injuries. Losing Wilshere will have a big impact over the next few months, as the Gunners aim to move into the top four without the man who helps to knit everything together in midfield.
Still, Wilshere is trying to keep positive as his latest setback will be hugely disappointing.