Wilshere rocked by injury setback as Arsenal and England star faces fresh fitness fight
Arsenal and England have been hit by the news Jack Wilshere has suffered an injury setback in training.
The midfielder is yet to feature this season after aggravating an ankle problem on international duty in June, and subsequently undergoing surgery later in the year.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had hoped to
welcome the 20-year-old back into the fold in early February but that
date has now been revised while the club wait for the results of a scan.
Rocked: Jack Wilshere has suffered an injury setback in training with Arsenal
Wilshere, who suffered the setback in training on Wednesday, had handed Arsenal a timely boost by targeting a return to full training before the end of January.
The game against Blackburn on
February 4 or Sunderland a week later had been pencilled in for his
return, with a view to having him up to speed by the time the Champions
League second-round first-leg clash against AC Milan at the San Siro on
Wenger will answer questions on the issue in his usual pre-match press conference at around midday on Friday.
Wilshere's problem seemingly came as a total surprise.
On the mend: On Tuesday, Emmanuel Frimpong tweeted a picture of he and Wilshere back in the Arsenal medical room
In an interview published in the Daily Telegraph on Friday morning, team-mate Theo Walcott said: 'I've seen Jack every day. He's always got a little smile on his face because he wants to be back in this team. We've missed him. He's an important player even after just that one year.'
'It’s just a shame that he had that massive injury, proper serious. It could have been career-threatening. Hopefully he will be back in the next few weeks.'
He added: 'He's a player who spots something that others can’t. People compare him to Cesc [Fabregas]. I think he can be better than Cesc. Definitely. He has that character. He wants to improve, win things. He’s a good leader, a good person in the dressing room.'