Arsene Wenger must be getting, quite frankly, peeved off with constantly welcoming back some of his best players to the club after international duty carrying an injury - once again he finds himself in that position.
Jack Wilshere was hammered on the foot by an over-zealous Daniel Agger challenge during yesterday’s international friendly for England against Denmark.
The Liverpool defender went in hard on the Arsenal midfielder - and it immediately looked like a nasty one.
In fact, watching the game with my old man we both looked at each other and said … ‘that’s broken’ in relation to the foot Wilshere was grabbing in tears.
But despite the clear agony he was in Wilshere got up and walked off the pitch - continuing to play for another 47 minutes before being replaced by Adam Lallana in the second half.
It was reported overnight that Wilshere had undergone a scan - and the injury was simply a bruise - that is now no longer the case.
Wilshere has been ruled out by the club’s medical team for six weeks - meaning he will miss most of the club’s end of season run-in. It has been confirmed after further tests that in fact Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot.
The official statement reads ...
Following initial scans carried out by the FA on Wednesday night, further investigation by Arsenal’s medical team has discovered a crack to a small bone in Jack’s left foot - the navicular, an area of his foot which has not been previously injured.
Jack will now require a period of approximately six weeks’ rehabilitation...
Thankfully it is one of the only areas in that patched up left foot of his that has not been previously damaged/bolted back together - so the hope is that this six week period is not open ended.
But Wenger will understandably be seething with the England medical team for allowing Wilshere to play on - especially as it is his former physio and cousin of current physio Colin, Gary Lewin who had the final say.
The likelihood is that the extended time did not affect the injury at all - the break was on impact and six weeks appears to be the standard heal time for a navicular rehab program - but still, Wenger will be right to have a moan.
Especially when you consider Wilshere’s previous injury problems, this was a decision England certainly got wrong.
Luckily it looks like his World Cup plans will not be affected - and the upcoming return to fitness of Kim Kallstrom and Aaron Ramsey will slightly compensate for the loss.
But expect Wenger to blow steam in his press conference this week…
Here is some fan reaction on Twitter to the news …
Last thing Arsenal bloody wanted was @JackWilshere getting injured -- out for six weeks this is actually a freaking joke...........— Hstar Culture Mix (@HstarCultureMix) March 6, 2014
Wishing @JackWilshere a speedy recovery, hope he gets back fit and ready for the World Cup.— drew (@AndrewHirst92) March 6, 2014
BREAKING (more than Jack Wilshere's foot): Brendan Rodgers has sent Arsene Wenger an apology by means of the Being Liverpool box set— Football Rascal (@FootballRascal) March 6, 2014
Why on earth did Jack Wilshere play on last night then?!— Ben Armstrong (@BenArmstrong16) March 6, 2014
How can any Arsenal fan be happy that Jack Wilshere is out for 6 weeks! Seriously some people...— Mart (@Martf46) March 6, 2014
I'm just amazed that the FA were actually able to find a bit of Jack Wilshere's foot, "which has not been previously injured."— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) March 6, 2014
Wilshere broken foot. Cheers Agger— Steve Gettings ✊ (@Getts) March 6, 2014
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