It has been confirmed that Jack Wilshere has undergone successful surgery on his injured right ankle, but could be out for a total of four to five months in a bid for full fitness.
Wilshere’s ankle was in a protective boot for over a month as the Arsenal medical staff hoped the stress fracture would heal itself. However, the young Englishman’s ankle failed to mend itself, meaning that he would require ankle surgery, consequently prolonging his return even more
Having gone under the knife on Monday, he said on his Twitter account: ”Had my operation and all went well! I am feeling good will spend the night in hospital to monitor me but apart from that I am happy!”
Initially his absence was only believed to stretch until Christmas, but a statement on the Arsenal website read: ”The initial indications are that the surgery has been successful and Jack will now undergo a prolonged period of rehabilitation. It is envisaged that Jack’s rehabilitation will take a period of four to five months.”
Wilshere added: ”I’ve had my operation this morning and all went well. My ankle is little bit sore, but I’m already looking forward to working hard to get fit and playing again.
”I would also just like to say thanks for the many messages of support I have received from you – the fantastic Arsenal supporters. See you all soon at the Emirates.”
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This is a big blow as many fans were hoping that we would have our star midfielder back before Christmas and provide Wenger with more options for the season run-in. Hopefully Wilshere suffers no more setbacks and he is able to return in the new year.