Arsenal boss Wenger plays down Wilshere injury fear

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions that Jack Wilshere has suffered an injury set-back, insisting that the ankle problem the midfielder is currently suffering is only a minor issue, Sky Sports has reported.

Wilshere remained as an unused substitute during the Gunners’ 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday evening, having only returned this season after nearly a year-and-a-half missing due to a series of injuries, including a long-running ankle issue.

Wenger however rejected the notion that Wilshere had suffered a recurrence of the injury that contributed to his long absence, noting that he was in fact relieved the 20-year-old had not picked up a more serious knock upon his return.

First, it’s a relief that he’s had no setback [since returning to action]. He had a little bit of inflammation of scar tissue (in the ankle) but it’s nothing. It’s very minor,” Wenger said.

He added: “The rest [against Villa] will help him get rid of it. Apart from that, he has done very well.

Wilshere made his return to the Arsenal team in a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in late October, his first senior appearance for his club since May 2011. Wilshere was then sent off in the subsequent fixture against Manchester United but regrouped to score his first goal in almost two years against Montpellier in the Champions League last week.

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