Rumours have been intensifying for some time regarding the status of Jack Wilshere’s injury, with several sources claiming that the midfielder would not be fit for the start of the new campaign. It now appears as those suspicions have been confirmed, with Arsene Wenger stating that the youngster will not be fit until October at the earliest.
Wilshere has certainly experienced a miserable twelve months, with the 20-year-old missing the whole of the 2011/12 campaign through an ankle problem. Moreover, his hopes of starting the forthcoming season were done no favours at all, after he suffered a knee problem in May. That injury resulted in surgery, meaning that the player has always faced a battle against time to be fit for the new season.
Following on from the above, it was always going to be a tall order for the England international to be declared fit for the new season. Wenger has already written off any chances of Wilshere appearing in August, telling reporters that he won’t be back playing for some time. He said, “Hopefully, we will get Wilshere back playing for October. With Abou Diaby returning, it will be like signing two new players. The squad will be strong and competitive.”
Despite his young age, Wilshere is still regarded by many as one of the best midfield players in the Premier League. However, bearing in mind his recent troubles, there are worries that the player could be quite injury prone.
Nevertheless, with Arsene Wenger aiming to give the midfielder all the time he needs to make a full recovery, there are at least no risks being taken and he is being the best chance to return to action with no lasting effects.
Of course, most of the country will also be disappointed at this news, as it means that Wilshere will not be in contention for the England games against Moldova and Ukraine in September.