Jack Wilshere has withdrawn from the England squad for their midweek friendly with Holland at Wembley.
The move puts into serious doubt his availability for Arsenal’s opening fixture of the new campaign against Newcastle. Reports in the press had suggested Fabio Capello was set to ‘defy’ Arsene Wenger by playing Wilshere, but having assessed his injury he has been released from the squad and back to Arsenal for treatment.
On Saturday Arsene Wenger hinted the midfielder’s injury was more serious than first thought, saying of his England call-up, “They can include him as much as they want, he will not play”.
And when giving an overall update on the injuries within the Arsenal squad, he said, “Wilshere is injured on his ankle and it is very difficult to set a concrete deadline on his comeback”.
Gunners fans will be hopeful he can recover but a Wilshere-less start to the season seems likely.