Sunday, 1 July 2012

Jack Wilshere set to miss start of the season after double operation

The Sunday Mirror are reporting that Jack Wilshere is set to miss the start of the season with Arsenal and may not return to competitive action until after the international break in September.

This follows his operation in Sweden in May to cure a problem with his left knee.

The midfielder was sidelined for the whole of the 2011-12 campaign with an ankle injury which flared up in an Emirates Cup fixture with New York Red Bulls in July 2011.

Prior to the procedure in Sweden, Arsenal said:
"England international Jack Wilshere is continuing to recover very well from the injury to his right ankle which ruled him out of action for the 2011/12 season. 
"However, his ongoing rehabilitation has seen a long-standing slight issue with his patella tendon in his left knee flare up. 
"As a result, Jack will travel to Sweden for a minor procedure on his left knee in the next few days.This procedure is not expected to significantly affect Jack's comeback ahead of next season. 
"On returning to England, Jack will resume his rehabilitation with the Arsenal medical team over the summer."
But despite working hard behind the scenes at London Colney, the England international looks set to miss Arsenal's pre-season tours to Asia and Africa.

He will also miss ­England’s World Cup qualifiers with Moldova on September 7 and the home game against Ukraine four days later

In a statement after Wilshere's operation, Arsenal said:
"Jack Wilshere has successfully undergone a minor procedure on his left knee as planned on Tuesday afternoon. 
"The 20 year-old midfielder had the procedure in Sweden and will continue his rehabilitation in the coming days back at Arsenal. 
"This procedure is not expected to significantly affect Jack's return date in the summer."
However the Sunday Mirror report says Wilshere will not be back on the field until the middle of September.

The 20-year-old has been put on a 12-week rehabilitation course after the double op – one to rectify his long-term ankle problem and the other to sort out a knee tendon injury.

Obviously this is disappointing news for both Gooners and Jack. However the most important thing is that he gets back to full fitness, what ever the time scale.

What we don't want is for him to suffer any set backs in his recovery which will leave him sidelined for even more time.

This Arsenal team will be better with a Jack Wilshere in it. But only a Jack who is 100 per cent fit.

That's it for now. More news in the morning.

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