Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that the 23-year-old is recovering slowly from a hairline fracture to his left fibula. This will be a blow to the Gunners, who have been struggling to hit their stride this season.
“I have not seen him in the last two or three days,” said Wenger, “He is progressing slowly and I can’t tell you much more about it. I will talk with my medical staff today.
“It is slower than expected as I expected him to be back and available after the break but unfortunately he will not be available for Saturday. He had a little setback and I have to know about it but I can’t tell you much more as I have no medical information.”
Midfield is an area that could particularly do with improving, with Francis Coquelin being one player who has underperformed. Wilshere’s attacking impetus could also help them. The North Londoners have only scored three times so far, with two being own goals.
Another injury problem will be frustrating for the England international, who has seen his career held back by fitness issues. One bonus will be that this isn’t another ankle problem, with the area repeatedly causing issues in the past.
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While the midfielder won’t be available in the near future, the Gunners will be boosted by the news that Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker should be able to play against Stoke City on Saturday. The pair are back in training after missing their 0-0 draw with Liverpool.