The presence of Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been sorely missed in the first four games of the Premier League after a flare-up of an ankle injury he sustained on international duty at the end of last season against Switzerland.
With estimates of his recovery to full-fitness expected to be at the minimum in two months, England manager Fabio Capello questioned how Arsenal handled his injury, diagnosed to be a hot spot on the bone, when he sustained it playing for England.
Capello said on the situation regarding Wilshere’s injury:
I spoke with the doctor, I know that he suffered the same two years ago. Then he suffered this accident against Switzerland, it’s true, and afterwards he went on holiday. When he started the new season, he was not fit. Now they’ve found the problem.
When asked whether he was surprised that Wilshere was released on holiday rather than having rehab or preventative work immeditaely, Capello said:
I don’t know. It’s not my job to say what happened, but he suffered against Switzerland and then went on holiday for a month.
The statement sparked response from the Arsenal medical staff who are furious over the suggestion that they were negligent with an Arsenal source saying:
Capello is talking without any knowledge of what went on between the club and Jack in the summer.
Bone bruising needs rest and that’s what we gave him. It quickly became apparent that a month was not enough. It’s as simple as that.
With the Arsenal staff sure to be working at full capacity with all the injuries in the squad, I applaud them for not being passive amidst the criticism. With Wilshere’s injury needing more than a month to rest and recover, he is expected to be assessed in two months time with the protective boot due to be removed in mid-October. If rest is deemed to be ineffective though, there is a chance the young Englishman will need a screw inserted into the joint, which would rule him out until December.