Arsene Wenger will be unable to call upon midfield star Jack Wilshere for the vital Premier League clash on Sunday as a post-surgical procedure is set to be carried out on his healed ankle this weekend.
Wilshere had returned, last weekend, to the team though he did not come off the bench in the win over Crystal Palace. He was subsequently rested for the midweek hostilities of the Champions League but while Wenger had been confident at the time of his involvement this weekend, the boss has had to alter his plans due to a complaint by Wilshere on the ankle.
“Jack Wilshere had a little surgery to take his two buttons off his ankle because they were irritating him but it’s a very minor procedure. He’ll be out for a few days.” Wenger said on Arsenal.com
When asked if the procedure was simply meant to free him of the discomfort, Wenger replied:
“Yes. It was irritating his ankle and they had to take it off.”
He also stressed that this was not a setback to the 23-year old’s recovery from the injury suffered in November, being optimistic that he would be involved in no distant time.
“No, it was planned to be done at the end of the season. But because he had an irritation with it, we decided to do it now. It’s a few days.”
Arsene will be looking to see his side make the most of their home form to get the required points against Everton after which three away trips will provide a tough test for their ambitions this season. A London-derby at Loftus Road will be followed by the FA Cup quarter-final game at Old Trafford before the date with fate at Monaco.
“Next weekend will be a bit quick. I don’t know exactly. It’s days, not weeks.”
Wenger would have love to have his English protégé beginning from the game at Goodison Park but he may not have him even for the majority of the next three matches.
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