Jack Wilshire To Miss England Friendlies: Arsenal Star Set for Ankle Operation

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Midfielder to have ankle op instead.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshire will miss the England national team’s summer friendly programme as he will be undergoing an ankle operation instead, The Express reports.

England will line up against Brazil, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland this summer as part of the FA’s 125 year celebrations, but they will have to do so without the 21-year-old midfielder.

Wilshire is thought to be central to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup plans but had missed the beginning of this season after 14 months out and will have to sit out the England games as he is set to go under the knife yet again.

He will be returning to have a pin taken out of his ankle that was inserted during a previous surgery, though he should still be available from the bench ahead of the club’s final two league games this season.

“At the moment Jack plays with painkillers and I use him only when it is really needed,” Wenger said.

“It is a very small, small, small one (operation), taking out a pin. It is a two to three weeks job. It will not be a problem.”

“Of course (he will be disappointed), but he will go (to Brazil) next year.”

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