With Arsenal's 2012-13 season nearing completion, midfielder Jack Wilshere will undergo minor surgery on the same right ankle that he fractured in the summer of 2011.
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Wilshere has been listed as one of Arsenal's substitutes for their match against Wigan on Tuesday, according to the team's official Twitter feed. The midfielder underwent minor surgery on his right ankle earlier in the week, so it's a good sign that he's listed as a sub. Whether he'll see the pitch tonight remains to be seen.
Fear not though, Gunner faithful. The surgery is "not unexpected" and sounds to be a very simple, orthodox procedure.
The news comes from Arsenal.com's Chris Harris:
The revision of the surgery to the right ankle is not unexpected and will require a few weeks rehab but Wilshere is expected to play a full part in Arsenal’s pre-season.
"Jack will have small, mild surgery," explained Wenger. "It is a very small, small, small one. It is to remove a small pin. It will not be a problem.
Wilshere, as you'll remember, fractured the same ankle two summers ago and was forced to miss the entirety of the 2011-12 season as well as a portion of this year's campaign. All in all, he was sidelined for a grueling 14 months.
The persistent injury had many fearing that the young, talented midfielder would never be able to take full advantage of his burgeoning potential, but he put to rest any of those doubts with his play this year.
According to WhoScored.com, Wilshere compiled an impressive average match rating of 7.06 in 23 Premier League appearances in 2012-13. He made two key passes and 51.3 total passes per match en route to a succinct completion percentage of 86.3. He also tallied three assists as he established himself as a key conductor from the crucial defensive midfielder position.
Moreover, in three Champions League matches, he produced a goal, an assist and a match rating of 7.71.
Not too shabby for a 21-year-old.
News of yet another surgery on the same ankle that has caused Wilshere so many problems in the past will undoubtedly worry some fans, but rest assured—this surgery is about as minor as it can get.
He will miss England's friendlies against Ireland (May 29) and Brazil (June 1), but that is expected to be the extent of his missed time.