Jack Wilshere Injury Much Ado About Nothing?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Danny Welbeck and David Ospina of Arsenal check on team-mate Jack Wilshere during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final first leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere and injuries have become a punchline. For years the Englishman has succumbed to agonisingly frustrating injuries. Whether he has the frail body media portray or has been short-changed by a questionable medical staff through the early stage of his career, one thing is for certain: he knows his way around a physio room.

Making a Meal Out of the Jack Wilshere Injury?

Following Arsenal’s goalless draw at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, the headlines surrounding Wilshere’s second-half injury were aplenty. His foot was knocked whilst in an extended position resulting in an ankle sprain just 12 minutes into the second half.

Media pounced.

Here are a few headlines within minutes of his exit from the match:

Rejuvenated Jack Wilshere offers Arsenal hope until injury stops recent renaissance in its tracks


“…the first look at it was not too bad.”

The latest indications are that Wilshere will be missing from Sunday’s line-up, but the normally close-to-chest Wenger did have a more thorough explanation:

“He has an ankle sprain, and the first look at it was not too bad. But of course for Sunday I think he will be short. How long will he be out? I’m not sure, but it’s a shame to lose him when he’s in such a good form and it was by blocking the shot that turned his ankle. It’s his good ankle so I’m quite positive. He has a good one.”

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Just As Stars Were Aligning

It seemed everything was going right for Wilshere. Having a rejuvenated career at Arsenal was seemingly inevitable with some very solid performances. Even in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea he wasn’t at his best yet was able to score an incredibly memorable goal. Calls for him to become the next club captain were starting to trickle into social media. Whether those made their way to Wenger or not, he was even made captain on the night at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Thankfully an ankle sprain is not usually a serious rehab process. We should be able to get back to watching a much-matured Jack Wilshere soon enough.

Certainly there is more to come after full assessment from the Arsenal medical team.

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