Blow for Gunners and England, as pass-master suffers ankle injury.
Jack Wilshere will miss Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and England’s World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro after suffering an ankle injury.
The midfielder will also sit out the Gunners’ Premier League game with Swansea next weekend.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been given a short break in Dubai to recuperate and boss Arsene Wenger stressed that Wilshere will only miss the clash with Bayern and the match at the Liberty Stadium.
The Frenchman confirmed that the injury, sustained in the 2-1 North London derby defeat nine days ago, was not to the same ankle which sidelined Wilshere for 17 months.
“Wilshere has an inflamed ankle, the other ankle. He will be out for Bayern, Swansea and for England,” the Arsenal manager is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“Hopefully for the Premier League, he will only miss one game because of the international break.
“I noticed recently he has had to dig deep for us, it’s not welcome for us but he needed a breather.
“But it’s more preventative. We trust our people who are specialists.
The news is a big blow to England boss Roy Hodgson, as he attempts to mastermind the Three Lions’ progress to Brazil 2014.
Wilshere, who made his debut for Arsenal aged 16, missed the whole of last season and Euro 2012 with a stress fracture to his right ankle.