Arsenal rocked by Wilshere injury setback
Arsenal have been rocked by news that midfield sensation Jack Wilshere has suffered an injury setback in training.
Last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year had been struggling with an ankle injury since suffering a stress fracture during England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in June.
The 20 year old, who was a revelation last season, then aggravated it during a pre-season friendly against MLS side New York Red Bulls and has not featured for club or country this term.
Wilshere underwent surgery on the problem in September, and had been delighted with the progress of his rehabilitation with a return to action in February a real possibility.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger however has confirmed that Wilshere suffered an injury setback in training and has been sent to see a specialist for scans.
Wenger said: ‘Wilshere had a little setback which is under investigation. We don’t know yet how bad it is. He has pain again in his ankle when running.
‘We stopped him right away. He is seeing a specialist today, so I do not want to give you any wrong information.’
In an interview published in the Daily Telegraph on Friday morning, team-mate Theo Walcott said: ‘I’ve seen Jack every day. He’s always got a little smile on his face because he wants to be back in this team. We’ve missed him. He’s an important player even after just that one year.’
‘It’s just a shame that he had that massive injury, proper serious. It could have been career-threatening. Hopefully he will be back in the next few weeks.’
He added: ‘He’s a player who spots something that others can’t. People compare him to Cesc [Fabregas]. I think he can be better than Cesc. Definitely. He has that character. He wants to improve, win things. He’s a good leader, a good person in the dressing room.’
Wenger has however been handed a timely boost with the news that Sagna, Henry, Arteta and Coquelin could all be in the squad for Mondays FA Cup tie with Aston Villa: ‘A few players will have tests. Bacary Sagna could be in the squad, as could Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta. Francis Coquelin is back.’
On the topic of transfers, Wenger said: ‘We are not close to signing anybody,’ while adding that no-one would be leaving before the end of January.’
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