Arsenal’s talented young midfielder Jack Wilshere requires surgery in order to help heal his injured ankle and will be sidelined until Christmas, it has been revealed.
The England international will have surgery on Monday after failing to respond to treatment for a stress fracture in his right ankle.
“Throughout Jack’s injury, the club has been guided by the continuous advice of several world-renowned specialists,” read an official statement on Arsenal’s website.
“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 that the young prodigy would be greatly missed:
“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 thanked fans via his Twitter account for their messages of support:
“Hopefully I will return to action around Christmas time. I am in good hands! Thanks for your support everyone!”