Arsenal FC have confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of action for three months after undergoing ankle surgery.
The 22-year-old suffered injury during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Premier League rivals Manchester United at the Emirates following a challenge by Paddy McNair.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed that the England international will not return until the end of February.
This will come as a blow to the Gunners as Wilshere could miss almost 15 Premier League games, both rounds of the Champions League last-16 and the third, fourth and fifth rounds of the FA Cup.
Now it seems that Wenger will get more funds than the £20million earmarked for a central defender in the coming transfer window.
It has been reported that Lars Bender from Bayer Leverkusen remains Wenger’s primary target, but Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak is also being monitored for his situation.
The midfielder posted a picture of himself following the surgery and insisted he will return soon.
Ankle needed surgery in the end, went well thanks to the main man James Calder! Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
Wilshere has made 22 appearances for the north London side and country so far this season.