Arsenal F.C. midfielder Jack Wilshere will undergo surgery on a hairline fracture in his left leg and is set to be sidelined for the next three months.
The England international, 23, has struggled with injury woes in recent times and missed five months of last year’s campaign with ankle ligament damage.
Wilshere has not played since suffering the fracture in training ahead of the FA Community Shield win over reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea.
Considering the Wilshere’s history of injuries, team doctors have decided to fix the problem with surgery, which will require a metal plate to be inserted in the 23-year-old’s leg.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Due to a slow healing response from a fracture suffered in August, the club can confirm that Jack Wilshere is to undergo an operation to his left fibula.
“The decision to intervene has been taken quickly after regular reviews by specialists, who feel that Jack’s scans show that the healing process is not progressing as well as expected.
“Jack will have surgery in London in the forthcoming days. This will involve inserting a small plate in his left fibula. Jack is likely to be out for approximately three months. Everyone at the club wishes Jack well with his rehabilitation.”
Wilshere bagged 2 goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season.
Martinez would not let Naismith go
Everton F.C. forward Steven Naismith has revealed manager Roberto Martinez was unwilling to let him seek pastures new during the summer transfer window.
The Scotland international, who joined Everton from Rangers in the summer of 2012, was the subject of reported interest from several clubs on deadline day, with the Toffees reportedly rejecting an £8 million bid from Norwich City for the player.
Although Naismith has yet to start a game for the Toffees in 2015/16, the player is convinced he has a future on Merseyside and rightly so, especially when considering his super-sub hat-trick against Chelsea last weekend.
“I think that’s just football,” Naismith. “It was definitely a challenging time the last two weeks before deadline day.
“I had a decision to make about playing regular football. I thought about it and it was something I definitely had to consider.
“The manager said he didn’t want me to go and wasn’t going to let me go. In the end, that takes the decision out of your hands and you just deal with it.
“I’ve said many times it’s not a bad place to be coming to work at Everton.”