Jack Wilshere’s return has had to be pushed back as his ankle injury is taking longer than expected to heal reports The Metro.
The 20-year-old has been out of action since he picked up the injury in the Gunners 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on the 3rd March and he was initially expected to only be out for around 10 days.
However, Metrosport is reporting that Arsene Wenger has been forced to concede that Wilshere will be unavailable for tomorrow’s trip to West Brom and is also expected to miss next week’s match at Norwich.
The English midfielder has been unable to return to full training as of yet and is now expected to unavailable until late April.
Arsenal are reluctant to admit the long-term problem with Wilshere’s ankle, but there are reportedly growing concerns that his ankle does not seem to be improving. They may even consider leaving him out until the end of the season to make sure the injury fully heals.
Wilshere has been plagued with injury problems in recent times, having only recently returned from 17 months on the sidelines with a stress fracture to his ankle. That injury also saw him twice miss his expected return date after failing to respond to treatment.
The news will come as a significant blow to Arsenal as they look set for a dogged battle with Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton for a top four finish.
Wilshere was predicted to be crucial to Arsenal’s chances in the closing stages of the season but now Arsenal will have to cope without the influential youngster for a while yet.
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