Wilshere blow for England as Arsenal star faces end-of-season op
07:29 GMT, 21 April 2013
08:45 GMT, 21 April 2013
Roy Hodgson is set to be dealt an injury blow with the news that Jack Wilshere could miss both of England's internationals this summer.
The Arsenal star, who came of the bench for the remaining 19 minutes of his side's 1-0 win at Fulham yesterday, is poised to undergo surgery at the end of the season.
Doubt: Jack Wilshere is expected to be unavailable for England's games against Republic of Ireland and Brazil
Wilshere is set to become a dad for the second time later this year. The Arsenal midfielder's partner, Lauren Neal, is expecting in October.
Wilshere has only recently returned to first-team action after a six-week injury lay-off.
And according to the Sunday Mirror, the 21-year-old may now require surgery to replace a pin inserted into his ankle during an operation in 2011.
That would leave Roy Hodgson without Wilshere for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland on May 29 and June 2.
Foul: Steve Sidwell was dismissed for this dangerous tackle on Mikel Arteta
Arsene Wenger meanwhile has blasted Steve Sidwell for the reckless tackle which earned him a red card in Arsenal's vital win over Fulham.
Sidwell will miss Fulham's last four games of the season after he saw red for the second time in two appearances.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who was given a straight red for a dangerous tackle on QPR defender Armand Traore three weeks ago, caught Mikel Arteta on his standing foot with a two-footed lunge just 12 minutes in to this afternoon's London derby at Craven Cottage.
Wenger also ended the game with 10 men after Olivier Giroud caught Stanislav Manolev with a last-minute lunge.
The Gunners boss had no qualms with Giroud's sending off, and that of Sidwell, which he thinks could have caused serious injury to Arteta had it happened a millisecond earlier.
'I think the referee could only give a red card (to Sidwell),' the Arsenal manager said.
'We will see (if Arteta is OK). He played the second-half. I don't know how much damage is done. It is a kick, a bad kick.
'I don't know if he has twisted his ankle or not. In these kind of things it is a question of a fraction of a second.
'If you are fully on your foot at the moment you get it you break your leg. If you ease a bit off maybe that is why he got away with it.'