Arsenal’s Wilshere to miss England’s first World Cup qualifiers

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Jul 1st, 2012

Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere has been ruled out until September and will miss out on the start of the Premier League season as well as two World Cup qualifying games.

The midfielder has been hailed as England’s midfield saviour but Wilshere will sit out of his country’s first two World Cup qualifiers when they take on Moldova on 7th September and play Ukraine four days later.

Earlier this week Gareth Southgate spoke out against the pressure and sense of expectancy being placed upon the Arsenal star, “I feel we’re pinning so much on Jack Wilshere. What we want to be able to say is that there are five or six, not just Jack.

“The expectation – everybody talking about Jack – is putting a lot a lot of pressure on him. I would say that.”

Wilshere suffered a stress fracture ankle injury during pre-season last year which kept him out of the team for the whole campaign and the 20-year old missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad.

Now Wilshere faces another 12 weeks on the side-lines after having a double operation in an attempt to rectify his persistent ankle problem and to treat a knee tendon injury. Previous surgery has been unsuccessful with a recurrence of the ankle injury and once again Arsenal and England will face an anxious wait to see if their star man can recover fully from his injury misery

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