Jack Wilshere Injury: Updates on Arsenal Star's Foot and Recovery

Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 5, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05:  Jack Wilshere of England reacts after failing to score during the International Friendly match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Updates from Tuesday, May 27

Jack Wilshere is confident of his fitness for the World Cup ahead of England's first warm-up match against Peru.

Sky Sports quotes the Arsenal man saying:

I've been training for a long time now. I'm yet to play a game, but I've been training now for six weeks.

I'm feeling well. I maybe need a few games, but I'm feeling good. Hopefully I can get some games under my belt before the big kick-off.


Updates from Wednesday, May 14

Arsene Wenger has predicted Jack Wilshere will be fit for the World Cup, but there is little indication as to how prominent he will be in the FA Cup final against Hull.

Wenger was quoted saying by Simon Peach of the Press Association, via the the Daily Mail:

How has he been this week? Good, he works hard. We have a hard session today again and he progresses. He played 30 minutes at Norwich, that was planned, he came out well. 

I think if you ask me about the World Cup, he should just have enough time to be fully fit.


Updates from Sunday, May 11

Jack Wilshere returned to the pitch for Arsenal as a substitute vs. Norwich on Sunday (via Arsenal):

Updates from Thursday, May 8

Jack Wilshere could feature for Arsenal in Sunday's season-ending trip to Norwich.

Arsene Wenger revealed, via the club's official Twitter:


Updates from Friday, May 2

Jack Wilshere will not make his Arsenal return when West Brom visit the Emirates on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger confirmed via Arsenal's official Twitter:


Updates from Thursday, May 1

Jack Wilshere may return to Arsenal's squad for Sunday's fixture against West Brom, as he attempts to prove his fitness ahead of England's World Cup squad announcement.

The Mirror's John Cross reports:

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere has stepped up his training after suffering a broken foot in England’s friendly against Denmark two months ago.

The 22-year-old believes he could make the bench for the Gunners' clash with West Brom on Sunday.

But if the north Londoners have nailed down fourth place by the time they go to Norwich the following Sunday for their Premier League finale, Wilshere is hoping that he will be ready to start.

Roy Hodgson says he expects Wilshere to be fit in time for the World Cup, after holding conversations with Arsene Wenger, per BBC Sport:

"Jack Wilshere has been training for the Arsenal team for a while," Hodgson said. "I spoke to Arsene Wenger, who said he was holding him back."


Updates from Friday, April 25

Arsene Wenger failed to place a timeline on Jack Wilshere's recovery, but did deliver a small update on the midfielder, per Arsenal's official Twitter:


Updates from Sunday, April 20

PhysioRoom.com provides a statement from Arsene Wenger discussing Jack Wilshere's potential return:

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Jack Wilshere stepped up his recovery bid on Tuesday, posting a picture of him wearing boots on his damaged foot at Arsenal's training ground:


Updates from Friday, April 11

Jack Wilshere is expected to resume running work next week, heightening hopes that he would be fit for the FA Cup final, if Arsenal beat Wigan in the semis.

The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reported:

Jack Wilshere will provide Arsenal and England with a huge boost next week when he starts running outside for the first time since breaking his foot.

And the 22-year-old is expected to step up his return to fitness next week.

'It's all going well for Jack, but he has not started to run, I think that's planned next week,' said manager Arsene Wenger.


Updates from Friday, March 28

Jack Wilshere is expected to play before the end of the season, but his proposed return date for Arsenal is a month away.

The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reports:

He (Wilshere) has begun gym work at the club’s London Colney HQ and looks on course to play again before the end of the season.

He is mainly having cardio-vascular sessions - working on his fitness on the treadmill, exercise bike and core strength routines.

Despite the progress, Arsenal’s medical team are taking a cautious approach to Wilshere’s recovery plan, given his track record of injuries. The club are allowing him days off during the week if they feel it is beneficial to his recovery.

Arsenal staff are keeping an open mind on when he is able to start working with a ball. But it is understood the earliest he could return to action is against Newcastle on April 28.

Arsene Wenger offered comment on Friday, as tweeted by Arsenal's official Twitter account:


Updates from Tuesday, March 25

Arsene Wenger updated Jack Wilshere's status following Arsenal's match against Swansea City (via Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph):

Updates from Wednesday, March 19

Jack Wilshere is still wearing a protective boot on his foot, some two weeks after he suffered a fracture while playing for England against Denmark.

Wilshere tweeted:


Updates from Friday, March 7

Arsene Wenger predicts it will be eight weeks until Jack Wilshere returns to action for Arsenal.

Arsenal's official website quotes Wenger saying:

There are 11 weeks to go, he will be out for six before he can absorb normal training. His injury will not stop him working on fitness so two weeks after [the first six weeks] he should be competitive. That means the maximum for him to be competitive in a game is eight weeks.


Updates from Thursday, March 6

Jack Wilshere will miss a key chunk of Arsenal's season after it was revealed he has a fracture of the foot.

The FA's official Twitter provided news after England's 1-0 win over Denmark:

Wilshere had earlier allayed fears over the foot injury, telling Sky Sports:

I'm fine. It's a bit sore but it's only a bruise. I've had a scan already and it showed just a bruise, so I'll be alright.

The midfielder now stands to miss key games in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup throughout March and into early April.


Original Text

It seemed that Jack Wilshere's injury jinx had struck yet again at Wembley Wednesday, as a crunching early tackle from Daniel Agger left the Arsenal man writhing in agony on the ground.    

Tom Williams of Agence France-Presse highlighted the play and injury:

ESPN's Ian Mackintosh certainly thought his evening was over:

With Adam Lallana stripping off and the stretcher ready, word was that the midfielder couldn't continue.

However, after a "magic sponge" intervention, Wilshere decided to carry on:

It's safe to say that it was a decision that wasn't met with universal approval. Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph was one of many to chime in:

In what is, essentially, a fairly meaningless friendly, there is little point in taking risks with personnel, especially a player who has gone through the mill with injuries recently.

Wilshere has been in and out of the Gunners side this year, and if Roy Hodgson wants his best players fit at this summer's tournament, then it's a poor error of judgment from the England manager. The Sun-Football on Twitter posted this comment:

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will certainly not thank him for allowing Wilshere to continue, especially with a tough FA Cup quarter-final against Everton just three days away.

As it turned out, Wilshere didn't complete an hour and Daily Telegraph Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward was not surprised.