Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss the final five games of his loan spell with AFC Bournemouth after suffering a broken leg in a challenge with Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane.
The news prematurely brings an end to arguably AFC Bournemouth biggest transfer coup in their history.
Wilshere joined AFC Bournemouth on a season long loan deal on 31st August 2016.
When it became apparent that Wilshere was available for a season long loan deal, 20 clubs reportedly made an approach, it came down to AFC Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Italian sides Roma and AC Milan.
Wilshere met with both Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and he subsequently elected to make the move to the south coast for the 2016/17 season.
Wilshere arrived on the south coast having made 159 appearances for Arsenal and as well as gaining lots of UEFA Champions League experience, he had also lifted the FA Cup on two occasions and represented England 34 times including at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the recent 2016 UEFA European Championships in France.
However injuries had plagued his recent career and whilst he was limited to just 22 starts and 5 substitute appearances in the Cherries kit, the 1916 Premier League minutes was more than his combined total from the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 campaigns.
The latest injury was sustained in the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
According to The Mirror the initial X-ray ‘did not show a break, but further checks revealed the full extent of the injury.’
The report added that the hairline fracture of his left fibula is…
‘similar to the problem which kept the Arsenal star out for most of last season.’
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“It is a big blow to lose Jack, We have loved working with him since he arrived at the club last August. He has made a huge contribution to our season, both on and off the pitch. We wish him a quick recovery and thank him for his effort and professionalism while he was with us.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports…
‘…We think it’s a very simple fracture which doesn’t need any surgery at all, hopefully he’ll be back in July for normal training…’
‘…until the end of the season he’s a player of Bournemouth but we have a good understanding with the (AFC Bournemouth) medical staff.
‘I had a meeting with our medical staff to see how we can liaise and if we have to bring him back but because it’s a fracture so there’s not a lot to do, just wait until when he can move again. His rehab will certainly be here (at Arsenal) because the season will be over…’
I know what it takes, and I will do what ever it takes 👊🏻💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/54CmiUrMZU
? Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) 19 April 2017
Terrible news for any player let alone someone who is rebuilding his career. Seemed an innocuous tackle so you have to doubt his short term future. At least he is under contract to 2018 at Arsenal but looks like 2017/18 will be a shortened season for Jack. – Join the conversation here.
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