Arsenal’s Wilshere set to face up to four months out

Following Saturday’s game against Manchester United, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could be out for up to four months with a new ankle injury suffered during the clash, the Daily Mail is reporting.

Wilshere went down under a heavy Paddy McNair challenge that saw his ankle buckle and although he returned to the field after lengthy treatment, was withdrawn quickly with it evident he had suffered damage.

While the 22-year-old had given fans hope by leaving the stadium with needing crutches he has reportedly suffered ligament damage – and specialist consultations on Thursday will deem whether or not he needs surgery.

An operation would see the England international miss four months of football and even without this he could be out for at least three.

There is promise for the youngster however with the injury occurring to his left ankle and not his problematic right.

While manager Arsene Wenger confirmed there was no bone damage, he was not happy with the challenge of McNair but refused to criticise the United youngster for injuring Wilshere intentionally.

He said: “The tackle caught him from the side, just when he had moved the ball a bit forwards too much. Then, when he dived to make the pass, McNair came in to make the tackle and took him from the back and the side.

“When you see the picture, it is very bad. I don’t think it was a tackle with the desire to hurt. I think he went for the ball, but it was a late tackle; a tackle which a young player can do. It was a bad foul.”

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