JacK Wilshere could be out six months after an ankle operation.
This is a great misfortune for the Arsenal and England star who underwent ankle surgery yesterday in London.
Wilshere has yet to play a competitive match this season and the Gunners’ official website said he would be out for 4-5 months.
But the midfielder was told he would be six months before being able to play again, which means a return to football in April at the earliest.
And just a small hiccup in his progress would mean that he wouldn’t be able to participate until the last few weeks of the current season.
Wilshere, 19, said: “I had my surgery and everything went well my ankle is a little sore, but I’m already looking forward to working hard to get in shape and play again ..
“I would also just like to say thanks for the many messages of support I have received from you — the fantastic Arsenal supporters. See you all soon at the Emirates.”
Wilshere, who has suffered the problem for two years, broke down with the problem at the Emirates Cup pre-season match.
After wearing a protective boot, there was no improvement and he was told Friday that he would need surgery – but could be back for Christmas.
Theo Walcott also crocked with a knee problem, is certain to miss tomorrow’s Champions League match against the Greek side Olympiakos.
And the striker, who suffered the problem during the 3-0 win against Bolton, is listed as 50-50 for Sunday’s derby against Spurs, north London.
Olympiakos coach Ernesto Valverde is confident that the Gunners are still a major force in Europe.
He said: “Arsenal is one of the best in Europe and are the favorites at the top of our group.”