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Jack Won't Be Back

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.

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday April 17 2012
Time: 10:55AM


Played into the ground, after knowingly playing him all the way through his "red zone". Absolutely criminal.
17/04/2012 14:32:00
In fairness, I'm pretty certain there'd have been uproar from the supporters last season had he not been played even with Cesc, Diaby and Ramsey all unavailable.
Little Dutch
17/04/2012 15:06:00
Not just that but he was played so much to cover for players that weren't up to the task and never will be.
17/04/2012 15:10:00
ita a real shame for Wilshere, but hopefully this extended break will see him return fully fit. I do think that Wenger was guilty of over playing him last season, which has perhaps contributed to this problem, and it just goes to show that you have to be carefull with the development of yound players, who may well play like a man, but are still growing and often suffer for being overworked
17/04/2012 15:23:00
I hope he can recover quickly for next season and the more reason why M'Villa will be a good option. If 4 Solid CBs (TV5, Kos, Per and Vertogen) are needed to win a Championship, then 6 Midfielders will be needed in a 4-3-3 system.(Arteta,M'Villa, Song, Rosicky, Wilshere and ??Ramsey??).
17/04/2012 16:54:00
It's good news imo. Not that he's injured, but that we're giving him the whole summer to prepare for next season, free from our end of season and the Euros. Good common sense.
17/04/2012 17:18:00
Gutted for the lad seeing how he so looked forward to representing his Country; yet, chuffed at the prospects of having him fresh for next season. Fingers crossed, Pearce will have to be reasonable about the sense in picking him for the Olympics.
18/04/2012 00:13:00
...let's not forget, he got injured first, playing for England before the relapse in pre-season. So it is a bit misplaced blaming the Manager for his plight especially as the kid always wanted to play and the fans won't have had it any other way, to be fair.
18/04/2012 00:19:00
No real surprise, but a real shame for the lad's development to miss a whole season especially after his breakthrough season last year. In a way, however, his injury helped in that it forced our hand in buying Arteta and he's turned out to be excellent for us, just the kind of experienced midfielder we needed. Just wondering who will be our first-choice midfield trio at the start of next season if all are fit?
18/04/2012 10:09:00
We should worry about our first choice midfield trio will be till the end of the season, with Arteta out and Chelsea growing in confidence. I do hope we take our chances (unlike Barca) aginst them as they will give opportunities.
18/04/2012 23:23:00
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