Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has allayed fears that Jack Wilshere, sidelined for three weeks and out of the Bayern Munich clash, has suffered a relapse in his recovery from a serious ankle injury, with the midfielder's most recent complaint related to his opposite foot.
Reports on Tuesday morning claimed Wilshere could be out for a significant period of time having suffered damage to the same ankle on which he sustained the stress fracture that led to him missing 17 months of action.
Wenger, however, has confirmed Wilshere will be unavailable until April, although has dismissed suggestions that the 21-year-old's latest setback is a cause for long-term concern given his recent troubles.
Wilshere's knock, though, does come as bad news for England - who have seen the youngster even less than Arsenal over the past two years - with the swelling on his ankle meaning he will be out of the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
"Jack Wilshere is out of the Munich game," Wenger told a press conference on Tuesday morning. "He has an inflamed ankle, the other ankle to the one he injured.
"He will be out for three weeks and will not be available for Munich, Swansea and not for England. Hopefully for the Premier League he will miss only one game. After is an international break. We can slowly prepare him."
Along with Wilshere, Arsenal are also without Bacary Sagna for the meeting with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Lukas Podolski may also miss the chance to face his former club.
Arsenal travel to the Allianz Arena trailing 3-1 in from the first leg, and burdened by being the only Premier League team remaining in Europe's elite club competition.