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Wilshere ruled out for six weeks

ESPN staff
March 6, 2014
Jack Wilshere and Daniel Agger go in for a 50-50 that left the England man in a heap © PA Photos

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for six weeks with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

Wilshere took a heavy knock to his ankle in a challenge with Denmark's Liverpool defender Daniel Agger during the first half of Wednesday's 1-0 friendly win at Wembley.

Arsenal's upcoming fixtures

  • March 8: Arsenal v Everton (FA Cup)
  • March 11: Bayern Munich v Arsenal (Champions League)
  • March 16: Tottenham v Arsenal (League)
  • March 22: Chelsea v Arsenal (League)
  • March 29: Arsenal v Man City (League)
  • April 1/2: TBC - Champions League quarter-final first leg
  • April 6: Everton v Arsenal (League)
  • April 8/9: TBC - Champions League quarter-final second leg
  • April 12/13: TBC - FA Cup semi-final
  • April 19: Hull v Arsenal (League)

The 22-year-old spent a few minutes receiving treatment and was substituted on the hour mark, replaced by Southampton's Adam Lallana - whose cross set up Daniel Sturridge for a late headed goal to finally beat Kasper Schmeichel.

A statement on Arsenal's official website read: "Following initial scans carried out by the FA on Wednesday night, further investigation by Arsenal's medical team has discovered a crack to a small bone in Jack's left foot - the navicular, an area of his foot which has not been previously injured.

"Wilshere will now require a period of approximately six weeks' rehabilitation, before embarking on regaining his match fitness."

Earlier on Thursday, Wilshere attempted to alleviate fears that he would miss any matches, starting with Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final with Everton and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 second leg no Tuesday.

He said: "It is a bit sore, but just a bruise. I have had a scan already and I will be alright.''

However, if Arsenal's prognosis of a minimum six-week recovery time plays out, Wilshere will miss those matches as well as key meetings with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as potential ties in the FA Cup semi-final and the Champions League quarter-finals, should Arsenal progress in those competitions.

The lay-off also means that Wilshere will be short on time to prove his fitness to England manager Roy Hodgson, who intends to name his 23-man squad for the World Cup plus seven standby players on May 13.

Hodgson, meanwhile, maintained Wilshere - who has already suffered a string of injury setbacks in his short career - was never scheduled to play the whole match.

"It was always the plan to replace him just after half-time, not least of all because Arsenal have some important games coming up, a lunch-time kick-off and then Munich,'' he said. "We had that in mind not to keep him on the field for too long."

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