Yet more concerns today for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that midfielder Jack Wilshere may not be available to play until February at the earliest due to a slow recovery of his fractured left fibula.
This news is not only of concern to Arsene Wenger, but also England manager Roy Hodgson as he prepares his England squad for next summer’s European Championships in France.
Wilshere suffered the injury during training ahead of Arsenal’s Community Shield match against Chelsea, with Wenger at the time thinking it would only be a matter of days before the 23-year-old was fit and ready to play (via the Daily Telegraph).
The injury, as it turned out, was much worse than first thought, with the Gunners midfielder undergoing surgery in September. The Telegraph explains that Wenger then predicted we would see Wilshere ready to return in December, but yet again the 23-year-old is in danger of seeing his whole season ruined by injury.
When asked for an update on Wilshere’s recovery following the 4-0 loss at St Mary’s, Wenger said via the Telegraph: “He will not be back before February. That’s for sure. I say February but honestly I don’t know. I let him do his recovery. It’s going slowly.
“Once he goes outside to train and is back again into sharp, hard work physically, you count five or six weeks. At the moment he is not there yet.”
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This latest news now means that Wilshere will miss the Premier League matches against Liverpool and Chelsea, while also being doubtful for Arsenal’s first-leg Champions League last 16 fixture against Barcelona at the Emirates on February 23rd.
As for international duty, England do not play again until the end of March (via Sky Sports), when they take on World Cup winners Germany at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on the 26th. They then have a clash with the Netherlands at Wembley three days later, both of which Wilshere will be lucky to be back for.
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Given Wilshere’s injury history, England manager Hodgson cannot pin his hopes on the Arsenal player being available for the summer, so would be advised to have a plan B in place just in case the worst happens and the central midfielder is unavailable.
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