Thursday, March 06, 2014

ARSENAL DEALT WITH INJURY BLOW AS WILSHERE IS RULED OUT FOR SIX WEEKS

Discomfort: Wilshere immediately signalled for assistance after the tackle
English Premier League side, Arsenal, have been dealt a massive blow after midfielder Jack Wilshere was ruled out for six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture in England's friendly with Denmark on Wednesday night.

Wilshere went down under challenge from Denmark captain and Liverpool defender, Daniel Agger during the first-half of the match at Wembley. 
Challenge: Wilshere went down under a tackle by Danish defender Daniel Agger during the early stages of the match at Wembley
 
He was able to continue and completed 59 minutes before being replace by Adam Lallana even though he was stretched out after the challenge.

Speaking immediately after the match, Wilshere had played down fears of a serious injury.
Carry on: Wilshere hobbled off but continued in the game and played 59 minutes

'It is a bit sore, but just a bruise,' he said. 'I have had a scan already and I will be all right.

'We have all been working hard in training trying to impress the manager, but at the end of the day, it is your club form which will get you in.

'These next two months are crucial, it is a big time of the season and then when the England squad is announced, you can only perform to the best of your ability.'
Concern: Despite stretcher bearers coming on to the pitch, Wilshere decided to play on after a couple of minutes' treatment from the physio

However, further scans by Arsenal's medical team discovered a crack to a small bone in Wilshere's left foot - the navicular, an area of his foot that has not previously been injured. 

It was understood that Arsenal staff were surprised Wilshere was allowed to continue despite being in obvious discomfort. 

He will be given six weeks' rehabilitation before starting to regain match fitness, Arsenal said in a statement on Thursday afternoon. 

Painful: Wilshere continues until the hour mark, when he was replaced by Adam Lallana
He will miss Arsenal's FA Cup sixth round tie with Everton on Sunday, their return leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 and likely Barclays Premier League matches against Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea City, Manchester City, Everton and West Ham. 

He could return for the match with Hull City on April 19 and will then face a race against time to prove his readiness for the World Cup in Brazil.

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