Wilshere has to go under knife

The 19-year-old England international has been troubled by a stress

fracture, but it was hoped the problem would heal itself with the

help of a protective boot. However, Arsenal have confirmed in a

statement that Wilshere’s ankle has failed to respond to the

treatment and he will now go under the knife on Monday morning. The

midfielder is expected to be sidelined for several months.

“Throughout Jack’s injury, the club has been guided by the

continuous advice of several world-renowned specialists,” said a

club statement. “The information attained this week has led to the

conclusion that surgery is now required to gain an optimal

response. “Wilshere is now expected to be out for a period of

months. Following surgery these timescales will become more

specific.” A club spokesman added: “We have given Jack time to heal

naturally which is important wherever possible with a young player.

“The latest scans show surgery is needed. Everyone at the club

wishes Jack a speedy recovery.” Wilshere has been troubled by his

ankle throughout the summer, having sustained the original problem

in the Euro 2012 qualifier between England and Switzerland in June

and then aggravating it in a pre-season game a month later. And

while it had been hoped Wilshere would return in a matter of weeks,

manager Arsene Wenger is now expected to be without the player

until the end of this year. Wilshere wrote on his twitter account

on Friday night: “Been in a boot for a month and the bone is not

responding. i will have surgery on my right ankle on monday with

the two best surgeons around. “Hopefully i will return to action

around christmas time. i am in good hands! thanks for your support

everyone!” The news also comes as a blow to England manager Fabio

Capello, with Wilshere set to miss their final Group G qualifier

against Montenegro on October 7.