Jack Won't Be Back
Arsene Wenger has confirmed what he has been hinting at for some weeks with the news that Jack Wilshere won`t play this season, or indeed this summer at the Euros. The 20 year old midfielder has been unable to play since last July when he picked up a stress fracture in his right ankle. Stress fractures are always initially treated with a six week rest period to see if the injury calms down. If it doesn`t, surgery follows and after 6 weeks in a protective boot, it was decided Wilshere would require surgery, keeping him out till January.
Wilshere resumed training in January but suffered a setback. Progress has been slow ever since. A behind closed doors friendly with Birmingham had been arranged for the purpose of his comeback a fortnight ago, but he was unable to play due to a knee problem. The club have been very cautious all season with their pronouncements, but the Arsenal manager finally laid Wilshere`s chances of playing before next season to rest.
"He is not ready to practice today or next week. He makes progress, but slow progress.
"He will not be ready for the end of the season and not for the Euros. He is devastated, and you can understand that."
Wilshere himself used his twitter account to say; "My ankle is good, I just have a few niggles and having been out so long I will not be fit enough for the Euros.
'I hope England can do well and bring home the cup! I will be watching and cheering the boys on like a proper England fan!
"Thanks for all your support! Means a lot!"
Provided Stuart Pearce doesn`t go trolling us and selecting him for the Olympics (the rules oblige you to release players under 21 if they`re called up) and that he can return to full fitness next season, I don`t think this will be a bad break for Jack. Second season syndrome can be very intense. Jack would have been hyped beyond belief by Arsenal and England fans alike. Both would likely have been waiting for the chance to tear him apart too. If a season off just quells that a little, it could be the best thing for him. LD.