The Arsenal and England international midfielder Jack Wilshere has not quite joined his central midfield team mate Abou Diaby on the injury front yet, but our young star must be cursing his luck today. Arsene Wenger has revealed that the injury picked up by Wilshere after a late challenge by the Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is not just a minor one after all, forcing the Gunner to face another lengthy spell on the sidelines, as reported by The Guardian.
And not only is it another injury, but it is another ankle problem, and his ankles have been the main cause of all the playing time he has already had to miss. Wilshere has not broken any bones but it is ligament damage and it sounds as though he may be forced to have an operation, although further medical tests will need to be done.
Wenger said, “I don’t think it was a tackle with the desire to hurt, I think he went for the ball but it was a late tackle, a tackle which a young player can do. It was a bad foul.”
“The tackle caught him from the side, just when Jack had moved the ball forwards too much. When he dived to make the pass, McNair came in to make the tackle and took him from the back and the side. When you see the picture, it is very bad. There is no bone damage; we knew that straightaway after the game but there is ligament damage. It does not look good.”
This is bad news for the Gunners as we are not exactly packed with too many options in central midfield and Jack was arguably our best of them so far this season. It is even worse for him though, as he has only just started to prove his doubters wrong for both club and country and it looked like he would finally get to complete a full season after all his previous problems.
Is there any chance of Arsenal or our players getting some good luck for a change?