Arsenal have moved to deny reports that England midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss the rest of the season after suffering a setback in his bid to return from injury.
The 20-year-old has not featured for the Gunners this season, having undergone surgery in the summer on a troublesome ankle problem.
Wilshere had been scheduled to return at some point in February, but this has been put back after he sustained a stress fracture to his right foot.
Reports have claimed that Wilshere would now miss the rest of the campaign after this latest problem, but Arsenal have corrected these inaccurate suggestions.
"The Club can confirm Jack Wilshere has a small stress fracture to his right foot, however it is not accurate to state he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season," read a statement on the official Arsenal website.
"The injury is in a different area to his previous surgery, and it will be reassessed in around two weeks time by our medical team and medical experts who have worked together throughout Jack’s recovery.
"This is a recognised complication of a complex rehabilitation process and, of critical importance, Jack’s initial injury is recovering well."
The news that Wilshere will be sidelined for longer than initially expected will serve as a further blow for Arsenal in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Wednesday night's goalless draw with Bolton left the north London side in seventh place in the Premier League - some five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
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