Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed star man Jack Wilshere was left out of the starting line-up against Fulham after feeling pain in his ankle.
Wilshere had only just come back from a six week lay off after suffering a similar pain in his ankle to the one that kept him out for 17 months.
Wenger reassured Gunners fans by revealing that the 21-year-old was badly injured and should be fine for the clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
Some reports are claiming the England international will require minor surgery once the season is over, which will rule him out of the summer internationals.
Roy Hodgson’s team face a clash with Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 before flying out to Brazil for a game on June 2.
Wilshere started recent games against Norwich City and Everton but looked well under par, he was also unable to exert much influence in the win over Fulham after coming on.
The operation will be replacing a pin in his ankle but Wenger insisted it is a minor worry and a bit of rest this week will likely be enough for Wilshere to recover.
“He was in a bit of pain after the Everton game and I just felt to give him three games in six days would be too much," the Frenchman told reporters.
"Now he has a break until next Sunday, so he will be available (against United).
"There is no basic ankle problem. I just do not want to go into a vicious circle again when I play him, I play him, I play him and then suddenly (he has a problem).
“I think coming back after six weeks out, two games in a week was enough.”