Arsenal's Wilshere ruled out for 4-5 months

England midfielder undergoes surgery on right ankle

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has undergone successful surgery remedy a stress fracture to his right ankle but could be out for four to five months, according to reports.

It had been thought that he would be out until Christmas, but a statement on the Arsenal website read: ‘‘The initial indications are that the surgery has been successful and Jack will now undergo a prolonged period of rehabilitation. It is envisaged that Jack’s rehabilitation will take a period of four to five months.’’

Wilshere has not featured for the Gunners in a competitive game this season after suffering the injury in a pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls at the Emirates Stadium.

Having gone under the knife on Monday, he said on his Twitter account: ‘‘Had my operation and all went well! I am feeling good will spend the night in hospital to monitor me but apart from that I am happy!’’

Wilshere had initially hoped that the problem would not require surgery but the club confirmed last week that an operation would be necessary.

Wilshere added on the official website on Monday: "I would also just like to say thanks for the many messages of support I have received from you - the fantastic Arsenal supporters. See you all soon at the Emirates.”

The Gunners’ prognosis means Wilshere may not play competitively for the club until late February.

The England midfielder has been troubled by his ankle throughout the summer, having sustained the original knock in the Euro 2012 qualifier between England and Switzerland in June, and then aggravating it in a pre-season game a month later.

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