Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has this morning revealed that Jack Wilshere went under the knife yet again earlier this week, after complaining of discomfort in his ankle earlier this week.
Wilshere was originally supposed to have the latest in a series of minor operations on his persistent ankle problem at the end of the season, with Arsenal believing they could manage the situation until May to keep the England international playing regularly.
That plan changed after Wilshere's return to the squad after three months out against Crystal Palace last weekend, with Arsenal medical staff taking the step to move that procedure forward in the hope of getting the midfielder back fit heading into the business end of the campaign.
Wilshere's struggles continue
Wenger dropped that injury bombshell in his pre-match press conference for Sunday's clash with Everton, but did add that he expects Wilshere to only be out for a few days rather than weeks or months.
He told The Mirror: "He had a little surgery on his ankle because it was irritating him a bit but it's a very minor procedure so he will be out for a few days. It was planned to be done at the end of the season and because he had an irritation with it we decided to do it now and it's just a few days.
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Ramsey close to return
"Next weekend will be quick but I don't know exactly when he will be back but it will be days not weeks."
In more positive news Wenger did reveal that both Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are very close to a first-team return, which despite probably coming too soon for Everton could be a huge boost for the crunch FA Cup tie against Manchester United a week on Monday.
Ramsey has been out with a hamstring injury that recurred against Leicester City two weeks ago, while Flamini has been struggling with a tight hamstring for the best part of the month.
Wenger needs every possible player available to bounce back from Wednesday night's Champions League nightmare against Monaco, which means the addition of versatile midfield options would come as a huge boost after a very difficult week.
Henry wants Wenger's job
Elsewhere Arsenal fans will be interested to hear Thierry Henry's thoughts on potentially becoming Arsene Wenger's replacement, insisting that its a burning ambition that he hopes to fulfill after a thorough learning process.
Henry was asked about the possibility in an interview on the Jonathan Ross Show, which will be televised on Saturday night, explaining: "I don't know what Arsene wants to do and how long he wants to stay," he said.
"But I just want to be equipped...to be in the position, maybe one day to be a manager.
Being the manager of Arsenal FC would be a dream. I need to learn first. That is the most important thing.
"I could not say 'no' to Arsenal," he said. "So I would say 'yes'. It should be great."
Arsenal fans, would you like to see Henry succeed Wenger? Will Jack Wilshere be fit and back to something like top form before the end of the season? Let us know your thoughts on both issues in the comment box below!