Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury, and could miss another month of action for Arsenal.
Missing time through injury is nothing new for Wilshere, who has not played a full season for Arsenal in five years. He missed the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing ankle surgery, and ankle issues have hampered him ever since. He missed three months last season after another operation, and has yet to play since a preseason match in late July.
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Arsene Wenger was hoping Wilshere would be able to return to the side after the international break, but admitted the midfielder suffered a setback in his recovery. Wenger also announced striker Danny Welbeck will be out until Christmas after undergoing knee surgery.
I have not seen Jack Wilshere in the last two or three days. He is progressing slowly and I can’t tell you much more about it.
It is slower than expected as I expected him to be back and available after the break, but unfortunately he will not be available for Saturday. He had a little setback.
Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest-ever player when he made his debut for the Gunners back in 2008 at just 16-years-old. He has long been tabbed the future of Arsenal and England’s midfield, but his consistent struggles to stay healthy have not allowed him to develop as many have hoped.
Arsenal takes on Stoke City on Saturday, and now must make do with Wilshere in the midfield (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on USA and online via Live Extra). The Gunners sit sixth on the table with seven points through four matches, but have been far from impressive in their performances. A lot of questions still surround the side, but one thing has remained constant, which is Jack Wilshere being injured.