Wilshere hit by injury setback

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from the ankle injury that has kept him out of Premier League action so far this season, reports BBC Sport.

Wilshere, 20, suffered the injury during pre-season in a match against New York Red Bulls, with the Arsenal medical staff initially predicting a week’s absence. However, after later being diagnosed as a stress fracture, the England international underwent ankle surgery, which was given a five month recovery time. It was hoped that this would rectify the problem, but Wilshere again felt pain in his ankle when running in training, and has been referred to a specialist.

Speaking on the injury, boss Arsene Wenger said: “Wilshere had a little setback. We don’t know how bad it is. It is a massive disappointment, but I am disappointed for him as well, because he is a football animal.”

Dependant on the opinion of the specialist, Wilshere could be ruled out for Euro 2012, but Wenger added, “I would not worry at the moment about the summer. We are now at the end of January.”

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