Arsenal want £600,000 after Wilshere injury hammer blow

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The Football Association will face a hefty £600,000 insurance claim from Arsenal to pay Jack Wilshere's wages for the next two months after the midfielder was injured during England's friendly match on Wednesday night, reports The Sun.

22-year-old Wilshere - who was winning his 15th international cap during the 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley - suffered a hairline fracture to his left foot after a challenge from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.

The Arsenal starlet - who had made 23 Premier League appearances for the club so far this season - sustained the injury after just 12 minutes of action, but played on until eventually being replaced by England boss Roy Hodgson just before the hour-mark.

While there is reportedly no suggestion that he suffered anymore damage by continuing to play with the injury, the extent of the problem was supposedly only fully revealed when Wilshere returned to his club.

Despite losing one of his most influential players for at least six weeks during an absolutely crucial stage of a finely-balanced title race, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger appeared to remain surprisingly calm following the injury and clearly does not personally blame the England medical staff or indeed even Agger himself.

"At some stage it is the player who gives you the indication, you trust always the player," he was quoted by talkSPORT.

"Sometimes you give him a few minutes to tell you how he feels and if he has pain, we cannot make an instant decision with an X-ray, so it is The player who tells you if he can go on or not.

"I believe it [the tackle] was accidental. Jack will be out for six weeks. It is a blow for him and for us, from now on we want to get him to recover and come back as quickly as possible," he added.

Arsenal's first game without Wilshere comes on Saturday, as Wenger's side welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium to determine who will progress to the semi-finals of this year's FA Cup.

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