Arsenal's Jack Wilshere out for three months after surgery

Wilshere picked up the injury in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for approximately three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

The midfielder sustained the injury in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

A statement on, read: "Jack will now commence his injury rehabilitation programme with the Arsenal medical team.

"Everyone at the club wishes Jack a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible."

It could prove to be a big blow for Arsenal who have as many as nine first team players on the sidelines, with fellow central midfielder Mikel Arteta also in the Gunners' treatment room.

As a result of his injury, Wilshere will be out until late February, meaning he could miss at least one leg of the Champions League second round tie - which his side managed to secure qualification for last night with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Some of the higher profile games the 22-year-old is likely to miss include games against Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester City and Tottenham - games which could prove to be key to Arsenal's chances of qualifying for the Champions League once again.

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