Arsene Wenger says that Jack Wilshere’s current injury problems stem from an ankle fracture he had before he made his breakthrough into Arsenal’s first team.
The manager was quizzed about whether or not the amount of games Jack played last season had any influence on his current situation.
“Jack had an early fracture at the age of 16 that healed and around that he created another opening. Is it down to a kick, is it down to playing too much? I don’t know, I am not a specialist, but that is unfortunately what happened.
“He said to me he first felt it playing against Switzerland”, he said, referring to England’s game in June. Wilshere limped out of the Emirates Cup and hasn’t played since, but the Arsenal manager has given his backing to the medical staff at the club.
The amount of injuries we have has led many to believe the club outsourced the care of the players to The Shipman-Kevorkian Medicare Corporation, but Arsene says the club did everything right.
“It’s unfair because the club medical staff haven’t made any mistakes on that front”, he said. “It is unfortunate and we are all very sad at the club that it has happened to such a young boy.
“During the period in the protective boot, the fracture he had didn’t heal. Once that was clear, what I’ve been told is that we had to go in quite quickly to repair it and that’s why we decided to do it so quickly”.
He was confident that despite Wilshere’s absence being something of a blow, that the other midfielders at the club could fill the gap.
“It makes us a bit shorter in midfield and it puts more pressure on our midfielders to perform game in, game out because there is less rotation possibility. Every club can be tested on that front and so that shouldn’t impact our result at the end of the season and shouldn’t be any excuse at all.
“He can come back as well and be very strong and help us to finish the season well”.