Jack Wilshere is to have an operation on his ankle after Arsenal’s final Premier League game of the season that will rule him out of England’s international friendlies this summer, the
England are due to play the Republic of Ireland and Brazil in late May and early June, but Wilshere – who has a history of series injuries, including a near-18 month spell on the sidelines – will miss both matches after he goes under the knife.
However, manager Arsene Wenger insisted that the ankle operation is not related to Wilshere’s past injuries, but had previously said he would speak with his England counterpart Roy Hodgson over the possibility of resting Wilshere for the international double-header. Wenger added that he has taken a similar approach with Wilshere in the latter part of the season.
“He will have small mild surgery after the season. At the moment Jack plays with painkillers and I use him only when it is really needed,” Wenger said. “It is a very small operation. It will not be a problem but he will miss the England games. Is he disappointed not to play in Brazil? Of course, but he can go there next year for the World Cup,” the manager added.
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