Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for up to three months after the club announced that the midfielder will undergo surgery on his leg.
Wilshere, 23, suffered a hairline fracture during pre-season and the club confirmed on Tuesday that surgery is needed in order to get the player back to full health.
“Due to a slow healing response from a fracture suffered in August, the club can confirm that Jack Wilshere is to undergo an operation to his left fibula,” Arsenal said in an official statement. “The decision to intervene has been taken quickly after regular reviews by specialists, who feel that Jack’s scans show that the healing process is not progressing as well as expected.
“Jack will have surgery in London in the forthcoming days. This will involve inserting a small plate in his left fibula. Jack is likely to be out for approximately three months. Everyone at the club wishes Jack well with his rehabilitation.”
Wilshere has had a string of injury problems over the years, and with Danny Welbeck also sidelined after undergoing surgery, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have to find a way to keep the team going. Wilshere had an ankle surgery last season that kept him out for three months.
Someone else that will hope for a speedy recovery for Wilshere besides the Arsenal fans will be England manager Roy Hodgson. Wilshere has 28 caps for the English national team and is surely a player that Hodgson wants to bring to Euro 2016 in France next summer.
Arsenal takes on Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.