Arsenal jinx: Wilshere needs surgery on fractured leg

Matt Stead

You couldn’t make it up. Well actually, you really could make it up. And you don’t even need to, for Arsenal’s injury jinx strikes yet again.

A week ago, Arsene Wenger was hopeful that Jack Wilshere could return from a fractured ankle in time to face Stoke City. Then on Thursday we got the inevitable news that Wilshere had suffered a slight setback in his recovery.

“I have not seen Jack Wilshere in the last two or three days,” Wenger said. “He is progressing slowly and I can’t tell you much more about it. I will talk with my medical staff today. It is slower than expected as I expected him to be back and available after the break but unfortunately he will not be available for Saturday.

“He had a little setback and I have to know about it but I can’t tell you much more as I have no medical information.”

In a classic case of Arsenal being Arsenal, that “little setback” has now snowballed. It has been revealed that Wilshere will require surgery on a hairline fracture in his left fibula.

The Evening Standard claim that Wilshere could now be out until Christmas but, without a full pre-season, there must be serious doubts about his likelihood of making Euro 2016. Poor Jack.

Here is Wilshere’s full injury list since 2010. It makes for un-sexy reading:

Jack Wilshere Injury List

– January 2010: Left hamstring

– November 2010: Back

– August 2011: Right ankle

– February 2012: Right foot

– October 2012: Right ankle

– February 2013: Left thigh

– March 2013: Left ankle

– May 2013: Left ankle

– July 2013: Illness

– August 2013: Right ankle

– September 2013: Right ankle

– October 2013: Right ankle

– November 2013: Left ankle

– December 2013: left ankle

– January 2014: Right ankle

– February 2014:Left hamstring

– March 2014: Left foot

– October 2014: Left knee

– November 2014: Left calk

– November 2014: Left ankle

– August 2015: Left leg

– September 2015: Left leg