Wilshere ruled out for three months
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss the next three months with the ankle injury that forced him off against Manchester United last weekendWilshere suffered ankle ligament damage following a tackle from Paddy McNair and had successful surgery on the injury today.
An Arsenal statement read: “Jack Wilshere has had successful surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.
“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 looks forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
Wilshere has suffered numerous ankle problems before, with an injury ruling the midfielder out of the entire 2011/12 campaign.
Although he won’t feature until 2015, Wilshere posted on Instagram: “You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to.”
Wilshere’s injury only increases the fitness problems for Arsene Wenger’s side, with the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud all suffering long-term injuries this season.
Giroud has since returned and featured against United last weekend, with the defensive duo of Laurent Koscielny and Debuchy nearing a return.
Arsenal travel to The Hawthorns stadium this Saturday where they will be hosted by West Bromwich Albion. Even with all the injury concerns in their camp, according to odds on Betfair, they are still the favourites to win this match, and for a number of reasons - the last time West Brom has beaten Arsenal was 9 years ago being just one of them.