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Arsenal Boss Confirms Star Has Suffered Fresh Injury
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere has picked up another ankle injury but thankfully it doesn’t appear to be a serious problem.
Jack was left out of the squad for today’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a superb first-half winner.
Wenger then revealed at his post-match press conference that Wilshere had suffered an ankle injury in training on Saturday but he’s been quoted on Arsenal.com as saying the issue should only keep him out for a few days.
on Jack Wilshere…
He couldn’t take part in the game today because of an ankle problem he sustained yesterday. It happened at the training ground. We don’t think it’s bad at all but I haven’t been told whether it will be two days or five days. I don’t know how long he will not be available for. It’s a matter of days.
We’ve heard the ‘a few days’ line before, not only with Jack but with other players as well – most recently Welbeck – so I’m going to reserve judgement until I see Wilshere back on the pitch.
Interestingly, I’ve also read journalists on Twitter quoting Arsene as saying Jack’s injury was ‘big’, which is in direct contrast to what he’s told the clubs website.
Hopefully the journalists miss-heard and the boss isn’t trying to play down the seriousness of the injury.
This is a huge season for Jack as he really needs to push on and the only way he can do that is if he keeps himself injury free. Picking up an ankle knock before the campaign’s even begun is hardly ideal.
Let’s hope he returns to training later this week and puts himself in contention to face West Ham next weekend, and we don’t hear the dreaded ‘setback’ word in Arsene’s pre-match press conference on Friday!