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Jack Wilshere calms fears over ankle injury

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Wilshere was substituted because of the knock. (©GettyImages)
Wilshere was substituted because of the knock. (©GettyImages).

Jack Wilshere has brushed off injury fears after going down with an ankle injury in Arsenal's game against Borussia Dortmund last night.

The Arsenal midfielder is still feeling the effects of missing over a year of football with a recurrent injury problem.

Wilshere recovered from the fracture that kept him out of most of the 2011/12 season but later injured his other ankle that needed surgery, keeping him out of the latter stages of last season.

He has since recovered to start eight games for the Gunners this season but last night's injury, which saw him go down clutching his ankle behind the Emirates goal, struck fear in to fans.

He came back on but was subsequently substituted early on in the second half.

However, Wilshere says the injury is nothing to worry about and he was only taken off as a precaution.

He told reporters: "I jarred it [the ankle] when I was going through on goal,

"My ankle stopped and my body went over it and I jarred it a little bit.

"For five or ten minutes it was painful, then I ran it off, but it made sense to put ice on it.

"I’ve done that before, even before I had surgery. It is just one of those things.

"Obviously I will have treatment because it is still a bit swollen, but I should be all right for the weekend."

Arsenal have so far struggled with injuries this season and currently have first team players Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott on the treatment table.

Last night's game ended in a 2-1 defeat, leaving Arsenal with an uphill task to qualify for the second round of the Champions League.

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