The England international had an ankle operation this morning after picking up the injury during last Saturday’s home defeat to Manchester United.
A statement this afternoon on the club’s official website gave the grim news to Arsenal fans.
“Jack Wilshere has had successful surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.
“An assessment with a specialist confirmed the need for an operation and the 22-year-old had successful surgery to his ankle in London on Thursday afternoon.
“Jack will now commence his injury rehabilitation programme with the Arsenal medical team.”
The news is the latest injury setback for the 23-year-old who missed 17 months after injuring his right ankle in 2011.
Wilshere was carried off on Saturday after going in to a tackle with Manchester United defender Paddy McNair. Rumours began to circulate earlier this week about a three-month lay-off and while Arsene Wenger deflected those fears on Wednesday by suggesting Wilshere would be seen by a specialist those worst fears have now been realised.
The news suggests the Gunner won’t be back in action until the end of February.
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