Wenger expects Wilshere to man up from pain for Man Utd battle
Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed the reason behind his teammate Jack Wilshere’s absence from the field. According to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere is enduring pain from the screws that were put into his right ankle when the midfielder went under the knife in 2011.
Jack Wilshere himself has stayed clear of revealing detailed reasons behind his absence from the field. However, fans and media are well aware of the health problems the injury-prone midfielder has faced over the last couple of months.
The 21-year-old went under major surgery after picking up a stress fracture in ankle during an Emirates Cup match in the 2011-12 season. Jack Wilshere stayed on the sidelines for 16 months after the surgery.
The England international returned to action in October last season. Since then he has made 30 appearances in all competitions, but once again Jack Wilshere has been unable to perform regularly.
Jack Wilshere was rested for a couple of weeks before the mega-match against Tottenham Hotspur this year, but the 2-1 defeat was not the only bad news Arsenal received after the game ended. Jack Wilshere was dropped for the game against Fulham and later Arsene Wenger confirmed that his young midfielder was “in a bit of pain”.
“There is no basic ankle problem,” Arsene Wenger said. “I just felt we had to stop him because of inflammation last time and I just felt to give him three games in six days would be too much.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suggests the pain is caused by screws inserted in his ankle. The screws were originally placed to assist in recovery following his surgery in 2011.
“The news is that it is not too bad,” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “He's just getting a bit of pain in his ankle from a few screws.”
Reportedly, Jack Wilshere is set for another surgery this summer. In the meantime, it looks like Jack Wilshere will have man up for the remainder of the season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his compatriot will be able to “bounce back” from his injury soon.
“If you can bounce back from what he did, you can bounce back from anything,” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger claims Jack Wilshere will be ready for duty next weekend when Arsenal host the newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester United.