Wilshere expected to miss Arsenal’s Champions League return

Arsenal are likely to be without midfielder Jack Wilshere for the first leg of their Champions League game against Monaco, ESPN has reported.

Wilshere underwent ankle surgery in November and has yet to make a full return to action. He was part of the squad that on Saturday beat Crystal Palace but remained an unused substitute, with the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat against Manchester United his last appearance.

Manager Arsene Wenger denied Wilshere had suffered a recurrence of his injury but confirmed the player missed training ahead of the meeting with the principality club. Wenger described Wilshere’s status as ‘uncertain.’

Wenger has also had to contend with question marks over goalkeeper David Ospina and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ospina suffered a minor back injury in the Selhurst Park victory, while Oxlade-Chamberlain had been carrying a groin problem but was able to take a full part in training. Definitely missing are Aaron Ramsey, who is recovering from a hamstring complaint, ankle injury victim Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, who has an injured shoulder and Abou Diaby, the long-term absentee out with a calf injury.

Arsenal host Monaco in the fixture’s first leg, with the return to be played at their Stade Louis II stadium on March 17.

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