According to the Mirror, Jack Wilshere’s latest injury could keep him sidelined for much of Arsenal’s pre-season preparations meaning he’ll miss the July trip to Australia and China.
The England international suffered a hairline fracture of his left fibula following a collision with ex-Arsenal striker Harry Kane in April.
The injury, similar to one that him out for most of the 2015‑16 season, drew a line under the midfielder’s loan spell at Bournemouth for whom he made 27 appearances; his biggest run of domestic outings since the 2013-14 campaign.
Arsenal players who’ve not been involved with international football this summer are due back at pre-season training in the coming week.
A squad will then travel to Sydney for matches with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers on 13 and 15 July respectively. The return to London takes in further friendlies with Bayern Munich and Chelsea, to be played in Shanghai and Beijing.
It is hoped that a fit Wilshere might play a part in the Emirates Cup games with Benfica and Sevilla at the tail end of July. That’s assuming the club decide to keep the 25-year-old who has one year left on his contract.
There are suggestions of a new deal to protect our asset but at the same time, having been away from the club for a year, it feels as though his status at the Emirates has changed. Fingers crossed his recovery goes smoothly.