Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is set for yet another prolonged period on the sidelines after fracturing his right ankle.
This comes on the back of several long-term injuries which have forced the 23-year-old to miss much of his early career.
The worrying nag in the back of the minds of Arsenal fans is whether or not he can ever live up to his superb potential.
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Wilshere came back at the end of last season after missing most of the campaign through an ankle injury suffered at the hands of a reckless challenge from Manchester United Paddy McNair in October.
During this comeback the young Gunner looked exciting, after a number of superb cameos from the bench he looked to be returning to something near his gung-ho best. This was exemplified by stunning strikes against West Brom and Slovenia.
Such promise has drawn the attention of suitors in the past. Interest from Europe's elite has never strayed far from the controversial Wilshere and this summer has drew the most realistic proposition for a transfer yet.
Manchester City appeared desperate to seek out home grown players in a bid to bolster their league regulated quota. Reports of their interest in Wilshere were strong and led to Wenger issuing a hands-off warning earlier in the summer.
With recent reports suggesting Wilshere may be out for the foreseeable future, reports averaging around the two month mark, should Wenger have cashed in on the troublesome young star?
Wilshere much like Raheem Sterling is seen as a prodigious talent for English football, however he has equally been no stranger to controversy in the press. Youthful exuberance resulting in the Arsenal man being harangued by the press for smoking in the past.
Sterling completed a £49million move to Manchester City this summer, which regardless of ability, is a tremendous sum. Surely the more experienced Wilshere could have commanded a reasonable fee had Arsenal been open to selling him. And whilst the £50m mark seems fanciful, Arsenal would have surely been able to command a fee somewhere in the region of £30m.
Even if fully fit their are doubts as to whether Wilshere would command a regular first team place for Arsenal. The current Arsenal squad already boasts a whole host of technically gifted midfielders.
Chance to cash in
Many of whom cause Wenger considerably less headaches when it comes to off field conduct. Have Arsenal missed a trick this summer in failing to offload the Arsenal youth product?
Wilshere found himself in hot water yet again post FA cup triumph for singing anti Tottenham chants as he did the year before.
Wilshere has been caught smoking twice, has been disciplined for overzealous celebrations twice and now has a further injury setback to contend with.
It is perhaps too early to compare Wilshere to his former perpetually injured teammate Abou Diaby, however, it goes without saying that had Arsenal sold the Stevenage-born star this summer he would have commanded far more than the Frenchman who left by mutual consent due to the non renewal of his contract.
It is tough to say whether Wilshere will recover from yet another injury setback and hindsight is a wonderful thing. Arsenal may be prolonging the inevitable as yet another rising star burns out on the treatment table but if presented with another chance, perhaps Arsenal would be wise to cash in, before they rack up too much more on medical bills and press releases.
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