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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere sidelined for up to two months with fractured ankle

Ed Ran
613   //    06 Aug 2015, 15:18 IST
Jack Wilshere ankle injury out two months Arsenal
Jack Wilshere may not return to first team action for Arsenal until October

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is set to miss the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season after suffering a hairline fracture in his right ankle (left fibula), according to BBC. The Gunners were waiting for a diagnosis and the news comes as a huge blow to Arsenal with only two days to go for the start of the season.

The 23-year-old had missed the Community Shield game, where Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley in the pre-season opener after he was injured in a training session last Friday. Wilshere was on the receiving end of a bad tackle (reportedly from Gabriel) that cut short his session and ruled him out of the game.

No surgery required but Wilshere out for up to two months

If Wilshere had opted for a surgery, he could have been out of action for three months, according to The Guardian. It is now understood that he will not need to go under the knife, but he will be ruled out for up to two months. That will not see him put on an Arsenal shirt at least until October and could be a doubt for the game against Manchester United at the Emirates in the first week of October.

Wilshere had injured his ankle last year against the same opponents at home. It was an injury that sidelined him for five months as he had to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle after twisting it at the Emirates.

He did not return to the squad until the end of April but managed to play a part in the final league games and even came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final.

Wilshere could also miss Euro 2016 qualifiers

Wilshere is no stranger to injuries. He has had a number of operations done on both his ankles in the past few years. His longest spell out of the squad was in 2011 when he was sidelined for almost one-and-a-half seasons. 

It was an injury that also ruled him out of England’s Euro qualifiers and the Euro campaign itself in 2012. He was also unable to take part in the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain when the games were held at home. 

He had played in the Euro 2016 qualifiers for England in June and even managed to score in England’s win over Slovenia. But the latest injury will definitely rule him out for England’s Euro qualifiers in September against San Marino and Switzerland and possibly the qualifiers in October against Estonia and Lithuania.

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