Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfield ace Jack Wilshere will have surgery next week after suffering a hairline fracture in his left leg.
The 23-year-old has been out of action since August and is now set for an extended period on the sidelines.
However, the Gunners chief has insisted that the player's latest setback 'will not impact on his future' at the club. Wilshere has endured a number of injury problems in recent years in north London, so will be desperate to return to action sooner rather than later.
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And, with England set to travel to France next summer for Euro 2016, Wilshere will also be hoping to prove his form and fitness to Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.
One thing is for sure, it's set to be another frustrating few months for the midfielder and Wenger has admitted that it is a blow for his side in their pursuit of success this season.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the Gunners' Premier League showdown with rivals Chelsea, Wenger told reporters: "Jack Wilshere will have surgery next week. It is a blow, but it will not an impact on his future."
Wilshere will certainly be relieved to know that he has the backing of his manager, but this latest long-term injury is a nightmare for him.
The dynamic midfielder is one of the most technically gifted players in England and could still thrive at the Emirates for many years to come, so it would be foolish to write him off at this stage.
The England international requires some luck, however, as he can't continue to make sporadic appearances season in, season out. The Gunners faithful should remember that he's still relatively young, so must maintain hope that he can fulfil his potential in north London.
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