Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere could be back playing for Arsenal in just four weeks time after the midfielder suffered a hairline fracture to his fibula.
Wilshere suffered the ankle injury after a heavy tackle from his team-mate Gabriel in a routine training session.
Original reports from BBC journalist David Ornstein suggested the 23-year-old would miss the first two months of the season.
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However, after consulting doctors, Wenger is confident that Wilshere could be back playing by early September.
That would put him in contention for England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.
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Speaking ahead of Arsenal's opening Premier League fixture against West Ham, Wenger said: "The news he got yesterday was that it could be much shorter than expected because he’s two weeks in a boot and then maybe after that he can practice straight away again.
“It’s bad luck, purely accidental. It’s a hairline crack in his fibula. It’s in the region where they took the screws off so I believe it’s a straightforward bone injury, which means there’s no surprise there. He just needs time to heal."
It is the latest setback in a long line of similar stories for Wilshere. The England international has suffered nine injuries to both ankles over the years, but the latest one is not connected to the problem that saw him miss 14 months in 2013.
Wenger believes that this latest setback will not affect Wilshere's mentality once he returns, but believes that the level of disappointment with regards to injury does not fade with familiarity.
"The positive news with Jack is that the history doesn’t play a big part in his head when he come back"
He continued: “You never get used to that. When you play football you never get used to your body letting you down. The positive thing in this injury is that it’s not a recurrence of one of his former injuries.
"The positive news with Jack is that the history doesn’t play a big part in his head when he come back. He plays with the same confidence and desire as before. It’s difficult. We have all been at that age when you love to play football, and when you cannot get up in the morning and play it’s mentally difficult.”
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