Jack Wilshere will be OUT for three months, after successfully undergoing surgery on his ankle, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The England International, who turns 23 on New Year’s Day, was the victim of a rash sliding challenge from Manchester United’s young defender, McNair, at the weekend, the consequence being a damage to his ankle ligaments. Wilshere had made effort to continue the game, but fell on the deck in frustration, fully aware of the distateful nature of what had happeded to him.
Jack will now miss the 3rd and fourth round FA Cup clashes, as well as both legs of the Last 16 game in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. This is surely another devastating blow to Wenger who is already without playmaker Mesut Ozil till the New Year, and will now have to manage a thin attack through the jam-packed Christmas schedule of games.
The victory over Borussia Dortmund suffered a significant blight with a host of first team players picking up new knocks to add to an injury list that continuously defies all efforts towards contraction.
As if in a congruent follow up to the injury-brace at the weekend’s League defeat to United, the duo of Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo both limped off in the second half of the Dortmund game, to compound Wenger’s worries with the spate of injuries in the team. Sanogo had been favoured to lead the attack in the injured absence of Danny Welbeck – the severity of his knee concern yet to be fully grasped – while Olvier Giroud was not eligible to feature. The 21-year old French U-21 International gave us the lead after 73 seconds for his first ever Arsenal goal in a competition but could not finish the game with what appeared to be a new/refreshed strain on his hamstring.
The Captain had also put in a good team performance before he had to come off, feeling his calf. Wenger confirmed that the 33-year old Spaniard will be out for at leats 6 weeks – early 2015 being the most likely date of return.
On a good note, Laurent Koscielny made his long awaited return from injury to claim a place on the bench on Wedenesday night and will now be expected to feature in the weekend as Wenger deemed him not yet ready enough to handle the ‘contact’ from the Dortmund side. His fellow french teammate, Mattiue Debuchy is also expected to return soon to the team as he continues to make steady progress in his rehabilitation after undergoing surgery in September for the ankle injury suffered at home to City.
Where is Theo Walcott?
Theo played the last minutes of the defeat to Swansea but could not feature against neither United nor Dortmund due to a groin strain from England duties.
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