Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has advised teammate Mesut Ozil not to get too bogged down by his recent injuries.
The Germany international playmaker suffered a knee problem while on international duty last week.
The 2014 World Cup winner was subsequently ruled out for up to three months, and Wilshere has asked his teammate to just ‘deal with’ the setback and stay positive.
'We are devastated for Mesut because he can play in that number 10, we have seen what he can do at number 10', Sky Sports quoted the England international as saying.
'It's tough to take but it is part and parcel of football. I have had my fair few injuries. It is not a curse, it happens and you just have to deal with it. It will be hard for him [Ozil] because he likes football, he has never really had an injury before.
'He had a slight one last season. I am not even sure how long it is, I've not been back to the club. It will be difficult for him. But he is naturally quite a fit lad so he will be alright'.
Wilshere is probably the most appropriate player in the Arsenal team who can properly advise Ozil on how to deal with his injuries psychologically.
The England international midfielder himself has often been on the sidelines – one of the key reasons why his progress over the last two or so years has been stunted.
However, Wilshere is now fully fit and has given encouraging performances over the past few weeks. Ozil’s injury is indeed a bitter blow to Arsenal, but manager Arsene Wenger has a number of players with quality and who can step up – or at least they should.