Is Jack Wilshere English football's new 'Sicknote'?

The Arsenal midfielder picked up another injury against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, with his career seemingly plagued by spells on the sidelines.

Some players are just plain unlucky when it comes to injuries, and it appears that Jack Wilshere certainly fits into that category.

The Arsenal midfielder picked up another knock, fairly innocuously, against Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium last night.

The full extent of the blow, which occurred in the first half when the England man was chasing a through-ball and had to jump over visiting goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, is yet to be revealed by the north London club.

However, Wilshere was removed in the 58th minute and was then seen with an ice-pack on his calf/ankle while sitting on the bench.

The Gunners youth product suffered from back-to-back cruciate ligament injuries, missing the entire 2011-12 season, and only started 20 games in the Premier League throughout the 2012-13 campaign as injuries persisted.

Even this season, Arsene Wenger has reintroduced Wilshere in dribs and drabs, looking to wrap him in cotton wool and ensure that he does not pick up another serious injury. The midfielder has been substituted before the end of 90 minutes in three of the seven Premier League games that he has featured in this term.

With Aaron Ramsey suffering a very serious injury but now back to full fitness and his best, his midfield club compatriot Wilshere still seems like he is not fully match-fit.

The likes of Darren Anderton, Ledley King and Owen Hargreaves have been handed the ‘Sicknote’ moniker in the recent past, and it appears that Wilshere seems destined to follow in their footsteps.

Injuries limited the now-retired trio’s opportunities to play for club and subsequently country, and there is an argument to suggest that Wilshere’s injury problems could stop him from being a key man for England in the World Cup next summer.

With quick-fire games coming thick and fast, high intensity and soaring temperatures, whether Wilshere can play and recover in time to be a consistent feature in Roy Hodgson’s team remains to be seen.

The Arsenal fans will hope that the player’s latest knock is not serious, as Wilshere needs consistent game time and to build up his fitness if he is to live up to his considerable potential.

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