Arsenal midfielder Wilshere has ankle surgery

Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Jack Wilshere has undergone ankle surgery, with manager Arsene Wenger insisting the procedure was only minor, BBC Sport has reported.

Wilshere has been on the sidelines since picking up the problem in the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat against Manchester United in November. Wilshere had to be substituted after 55 minutes of the match at the Emirates Stadium, replaced by Santi Cazorla in a fixture won by a Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike, Olivier Giroud scoring late on for the hosts.

England international Wilshere had surgery on his ankle in November but a second procedure has taken place to remove pins from his ankle joint. Wilshere returned to the Arsenal squad for the win over Crystal Palace earlier in February but was an unused substitute at Selhurst Park.

Wenger revealed Wilshere’s surgery as minor and intended to alleviate some discomfort, and predicted he would only be out of action for a matter of days. Wilshere is joined on the Arsenal injury list by Mikel Arteta, who is also suffering from an ankle injury, and Mathieu Debuchy, who has yet to recover from his shoulder injury.

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