Jack Wilshere will miss some massive games with his foot injury.
Jack Wilshere’s injury is certainly bad news for Arsenal, and would be at any time. But is the current ailment timed at specifically the worst possible moment.
Wilshere fractured his navicular, all set to become the hippest foot bone in town - the metatarsal? That is so 2002 darling - during a tackle with Liverpool defender Daniel Agger - and Arsene Wenger said of the injury today:
“There are 11 weeks to go, he will be out for six before he can absorb normal training. His injury will not stop him working on fitness so two weeks after [the first six weeks] he should be competitive. That means the maximum for him to be competitive in a game is eight weeks.”
So, with Wilshere out for eight weeks - when does that officially pencil him in for a comeback?
From the day he picked up the injury it leaves him out of action until the 30th April - meaning the soonest date he can play again will be the 3rd May tie against West Brom at The Emirates - the second to last game of the Premier League season.
So what games will he miss?
There are ties in which Arsenal will hope to win without Wilshere. The West Ham, Hull City, Newcastle United and Swansea City games they will remain confident of taking all three points.
But they also face these massive games in that time period.
First of all there is tomorrow’s early kick-off between Arsenal and Everton in the FA Cup. With silverware the overwhelming goal for Arsene Wenger this season he would have wanted his squad at 100% for this tie - but they are instead without Wilshere, Ramsey and Kallstrom.
Then there is the big one, the return leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
But most would say that tie is dead anyway - the Premier League is now more important.
But he will also miss massive games against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before his return - while Everton away and Manchester City at home will also come too soon for the England international.
But what will mostly be missed during Wilshere’s absence is rotation. With him out it gives Wenger less options in the midfield areas - which, when looking at that fixture list, they are going to need.
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