Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is positive that star midfielder Jack Wilshere will recover quickly from his latest injury problem.

The midfielder took a kick in the north London Derby and Wenger confirmed in his press conference that the England international has suffered mild inflammation to his ankle, and that he will face up to three weeks out, putting to rest the fears that he could miss the rest of the season.

Wilshere's latest injury concern has come just months after his full return to fitness after 17-months out with a persistent ankle problem.

The injury means that Wilshere will miss the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich and the Premier League tie at Swansea on Saturday.

The midfielder will also miss England's World Cup Qualifiers in the upcoming month, but he may return to fitness for the Reading game at the end of March.

Despite the injury, Wenger is positive that the 21-year-old will return by the end of March.

Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger said: "Hopefully for the Premier League he will only miss one game because after [the Swansea game] is an international break and hopefully we can slowly prepare him.

"At the moment I noticed in the last two games he had to dig deep because he played 30 games [including his preparation matches].

"For us it is not welcome, but maybe for him it is not too bad that he has a little breather.

"It is more about prevention. We trust people who are specialists in this area and they told us we have to stop him for a short period."

Arsenal will undoubtedly miss Wilshere as they look to overturn a two-goal deficit in the Champions League round of 16 second leg tie with Bayern Munich tomorrow evening, but Wenger insists his side can cope without their influential midfielder.

"Of course, you ideally want him there with us [in Bayern]," added Wenger.

"He was out for 17 months and we had to deal with it, so we must be able to do it for two or three weeks."


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