Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of for the first month of the Premier League season after suffering a hairline fracture of his left ankle in Arsenal training.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it is a major disappointment for the midfielder and he is frustrated by the innocuous nature of suffering the injury.
The information you have heard about Jack Wilshere is right,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
“I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out.
“There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage – there is no damage at all apart from that. It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental.”
It’s setback for Wilshere as it appeared as if he was finding his best form at the end of last season with goals for club and country. The injury is the latest in a succession of fitness problems for the England midfielder.
The 23-year-old remained on the sidelines for a number of months last season after he injured his ankle inNovember against Manchester United. He will continue to be assessed and treated by the Arsenal Medical Team after his latest setback.
Arsenal begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham United this weekend as they look to build on their third place finish from last season and challenge Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea for the title. Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez could miss out on the first game of the season as he remains fatigued from the Copa America.