Emirates starlet to miss Wembley clashes.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss the next three weeks of action after he suffered a breakdown in his ankle rehabilitation.
The 19-year-old broke down in training on Monday and manager Arsene Wenger thinks he will be out for a further two to three weeks.
He will now miss crucial games against Udinese and Manchester United as well as England’s Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
Wilshere injured the ankle in a pre-season match against New York Red Bulls and was only expected to miss a few days but it will now be a minimum of six weeks.
Wenger is already short of midfielders following the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and with Samir Nasri on the verge of joining Manchester City.
The England international’s absence is as a significant blow to boss Fabio Capello, who is already without Steven Gerrard for the matches against Bulgaria on September 2 and Wales four days later.
“He’s in a boot again, so that means he will at least be out for two or three weeks,” said Wenger.
“I don’t know if we are back to square one or for how long he will be out.
“He had a setback. It’s a hotspot on the bone of his ankle that if you continue to play, it can lead to a stress fracture.
“So we had to stop him. He felt the first sign in the second half of the game against Switzerland.
“After that, during the holidays, it was all right and then his pain increased when we were on tour in Asia.
“We had two good test days on Friday and Saturday. Yesterday morning, we had a test with the squad and he felt it again.”