Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Jack Wilshere is to undergo "very minor" surgery on his ankle in the forthcoming days.
After his highly anticipated return to first-team action this season following 16 months on the sidelines, the England midfielder has seen his progress in a Gunners shirt halted since March, with the same troublesome ankle injury plaguing him once again. The Gunners had even resorted to to a space-age rehabilitation program in an attempt to get Wilshere fit for the tail-end of the season.
The 21-year-old playmaker has struggled to fully recover, though, and he has been used sparingly by the Gunners since suffering a recurrence of the injury back in March, featuring from the start in just two games in the past three months.
Wenger has attempted to allay any fears over the latest scheduled operation, though, revealing that the surgery is minor and the club is expecting him to recover in time to join his teammates for preseason training.
"Jack will have small, mild surgery," Wenger told the club's official website. "It is a very small, small, small one. It is to remove a small pin. It will not be a problem.
"He will need very minor surgery, but we manage that as far as we can until the end of the season. At the moment, we use him only in games when I feel he is really needed.
"He won't be available for England in the forthcoming friendlies, but he will be back for preseason. Of course he is disappointed to miss the England game in Brazil, but he will go next year [to the World Cup finals]!"
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