Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come out to reveal that Jack Wilshere is likely to be out until at least February, Mirror reports.
The 23-year-old broke his leg earlier this year and was forced to undergo surgery to repair the injury ahead of the 1-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
He was expected to make his return during the Christmas period, but according to Wenger he is set to spend another two months on the sidelines.
“He (Wilshere) will not be back before February, that’s for sure. I said February but honestly I don’t know. I let him do his recovery. It’s going slowly,” he said.
“Once he goes again, goes outside to train, once he is back again into sharp, hard work physically, you count five or six weeks, so at the moment he is not there yet.”
Wilshere is yet to feature this season and could now see England manager Roy Hodgson replace him with another midfielder ahead of Euro 2016.
The Gunners are currently struggling heavily with a number of injury concerns heading into the New Year with key players such as Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin still unavailable for selection.