Arsene Wenger has revealed he fears a repeat of the injury that led to a 17-month layoff for Jack Wilshere.
After the Gunners manager admitted the England midfielder would miss the Champions League last 16 second keg against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, he made public his fears over a repeat of Wilshere’s injury nightmare.
Arsenal had to make do without the 21-year-old for the entirety of last season because of the injury, which Wenger said was down to him playing too much.
Wilshere has been recovering in Dubai since the loss to rivals Tottenham Hotspur ten days ago where the injury was discovered.
He will now spend four weeks on the sidelines due to the inflammation in his ankle and will be sorely missed by the Emirates Stadium outfit.
Wenger admitted he did not know if the stress fracture that kept him out for so long would return but admitted the symptoms that led to it had returned and they were unwilling to take a chance.
“Last time we let him continue to play and it transformed into a stress fracture,” Wenger said in the pre-match press conference.
“That’s why the specialist said we cannot take this gamble. If he did not have the history, maybe he could go on.
“Nobody knows if it will happen again but it could. He will be out for three to four weeks. We do a regular scan on him and it showed up bone bruising on his right heel.
“He had some inflammation on the left ankle where he had surgery and compensated to protect his left ankle, putting too much pressure on the right one.”
Wenger’s estimate of recovery time means Wilshere will be missing for the Premier League game with Swansea City on Saturday, though is expected to make it back for the clash with Reaidng on March 30
The injury will also mean Wilshere misses England World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in the next two weeks.