Jack Wilshere is facing a lengthy lay-off after the club announced he needs surgery on his troublesome ankle. The England international has not featured for the Gunners since limping out of the Emirates Cup in August and will be out for several more months after he goes under the knife.
Eager to stress that nobody is to blame for Wilshere’s failure to recover naturally, a statement on Arsenal.com reads:
“Jack Wilshere will undergo surgery on his right ankle on Monday morning.
“Wilshere has recently been wearing a protective boot aimed at allowing a stress fracture of the ankle time to heal naturally and avoid surgery.
“However, scans this week have revealed that the fracture has not responded positively during this period.
“Throughout Jack’s injury, the Club has been guided by the continuous advice of several world-renowned specialists. The information attained this week has led to the conclusion that surgery is now required to gain an optimal response.
“Wilshere is now expected to be out for a period of months. Following surgery these timescales will become more specific.
“A Club spokesman said: ‘We have given Jack time to heal naturally which is important wherever possible with a young player. The latest scans show surgery is needed. Everyone at the Club wishes Jack a speedy recovery.'”
Updating supporters on Twitter about the operation and his expectations of a swift recovery, Wilshere said:
“Been in a boot for a month and the bone is not responding. I will have surgery on my right ankle on monday with the two best surgeons around.
“Hopefully I will return to action around christmas time. I am in good hands! thanks for your support everyone!”
Now before you all go mental in the comments section, try and take a deep breath and collect your thoughts.