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The news that Jack Wilshere will now undergo surgery for his ankle injury and that he may be back for the Christmas/New Years period is huge disappointment for Wilshere, but also for Arsenal Football Club. With the sales of Nasri and Fabregas, many looked to Ramsey and Wilshere to fill that void, and with Arteta and Benayon brought in the Arsenal midfield looked more capable, but with Benayon now injured, the fans were hoping the return Wilshere would boost Arsenal’s performances on the pitch. Originally this injury was only going to be a few days but now it has turned into 5 months out, so lets review the timeline of this injury.

3rd August – independent.co.uk

“Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is optimistic he will be fully fit in a matter of days after tests showed he has suffered nothing worse than an inflammation of his ankle.

Wilshere sustained a knock in the Gunners’ pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls on Sunday and underwent a scan today.

It was hoped the procedure would shed some light on whether he would miss England’s friendly with Holland next week, although his participation remains in the balance with no definitive timescale in place for his return.

Wilshere confirmed on his Twitter account last night: “Ankle scan just showed some inflammation. Hopefully will settle down in a few days.”

The scan result confirms the initial prognosis of the Arsenal medical staff, who informed manager Arsène Wenger that he could expect to be without the 19-year-old for a week.

23rd August guardian.co.uk

“Wilshere first felt pain in his right ankle at the end of last season, when he played for England against Switzerland in the Euro 2012 qualifying tie at Wembley. Wenger had already raised concerns that the 19-year-old was “in the red” after his breakthrough season at senior level,meaning that he faced serious injury if he did not rest, and successfully withdrew him from the European Under-21 Championship in June.

But Wilshere struggled in pre-season, failed to start the new season and despite removing a protective boot last week, returning to training and hoping at the weekend that he would travel to Italy, he suffered a relapse in training on Monday, which has seen the club take a preventative course. He has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Manchester United, together with England’s upcoming ties against Bulgaria and Wales next month, and Wenger suggested that he had no firm idea of when he may return. The player has resumed wearing the protective boot.

“He had a setback,” Wenger said. “It’s a hot spot on the bone of his ankle that if you continue to play can lead to a stress fracture. So we had to stop him. He felt the first sign in the second half of the [England] game against Switzerland [in June]. It was all right during the holidays and then his pain increased when we were on tour in Asia. He had two good tests on Friday and Saturday but he felt it again on Monday morning.

“There is no chance he will be fit for England. Maybe it is a consequence of last season. He was in the red, like I told you which, in fairness, was what nobody wanted to hear. We knew he was in the red in the last two months and we continued to play him because we had no choice. Maybe it is a consequence of the over-use.”

23 September 2011 bbc.co.uk

“Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action until Christmas as his ankle injury has not responded to treatment. The England player sustained the injury in the Gunners’ pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls on 31 July. It was only expected to rule him out for a short while, but has proved far more troublesome for the 19-year-old.

“The bone is not responding. I will have surgery on my right ankle on Monday,” Wilshere wrote on Twitter. “Hopefully I will return to action around Christmas time. I am in good hands! Thanks for your support everyone!”, he added.

Arsenal released a statement on their website which added: “Wilshere has recently been wearing a protective boot aimed at allowing a stress fracture of the ankle time to heal naturally and avoid surgery. “However, scans this week have revealed that the fracture has not responded positively during this period. “Throughout Jack’s injury, the club has been guided by the continuous advice of several world-renowned specialists. The information attained this week has led to the conclusion that surgery is now required to gain an optimal response.

“Wilshere is now expected to be out for a period of months. Following surgery these timescales will become more specific.”

Many will feel confused as to how this week long injury has turned into the saga, but Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal Football Club and no doubt Jack Wilshere himself hope that the recovery will be quick and complete of any future set backs.

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