Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident Jack Wilshere will have the “career his talent deserves” despite his ongoing injury issues.
Arsenal confirmed on Tuesday that Wilshere will be out for “approximately three months” after it was decided he must undergo an operation to insert a small plate into his left fibula.
The injury is the latest in a long line for the England midfielder, but Wenger has moved to allay fears over Wilshere’s long-term recovery prospects.
”This kind of injury is not a kind of injury which can damage your career. It is just a bone that did not heal well,” he said.
”They need to put a little clip in. That is nothing major.
“I am not a specialist, but I think this was just an accident which was not linked with his ankles.
”We are still at the start of the season. We are now mid-September, so after three months – mid-December – he can be back. There is still a long way to play after.”
When Wilshere eventually returns to first-team action, he could have well missed around 1,000 days of football in total, but Wenger has rejected suggestions that should be an ongoing concern.
“He is young enough to get over that and I hope his body will stabilise, I am confident he will and that he can make a career his talent deserves,” he said.
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has stressed the importance of the role Wilshere’s team-mates will play in helping recapture his form and fitness once he returns to training from his latest setback.
“We know we cannot waste his talent because he has an amazing career ahead of him,” said Arteta. “We are responsible for putting that into his head every day and to not allow him to fall down because, at some stage, that is the danger; that he does not believe in himself or his body and he needs to trust himself. Jack unfortunately has had a lot of difficult moments, but he has shown a lot of character and enthusiasm. He needs to use it to prove he can get back.”