The Arsenal midfielder’s injury was picked up during England’s 1-0 international friendly victory over Denmark on Wednesday.
At a time when Arsenal have been struggling both on and off the field, the international break was supposed to be a time for the players to enjoy a little break from the stress of club football, and regain some much-needed self-belief.
Well, it didn't quite turn out like that. What Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wasn’t counting on was his record signing Mesut Ozil being jeered by his own German supporters, and Jack Wilshere breaking a bone in his foot and being ruled out for six weeks.
Wilshere's latest set-back adds to an Arsenal injury list which has already this season impacted Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Olivier Giroud and Abou Diaby (not to mention Arsenal's January transfer window signing Kim Kallstrom).
This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Arsenal, as key clashes against Everton in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League coincide with crucial top of the table Premier League fixtures against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.
And someone out there in the Twittersphere has decided to add further salt into Arsenal's wounds by designing Wilshere a personal wheelchair. Made in red, and with his name and number on the seat, Twitter on-lookers - most likely Spurs or Liverpool supporters - are now dubbing the Arsenal star 'Jack Wheelchair'.
Fortunately for the midfielder, despite missing a host of important club games and copping a fair bit of flak, the injury isn’t so serious that it’s likely to dent his World Cup chances, and he still remains an integral part of Roy Hodson’s plans for this summer.
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