The England international midfielder has been absent for the entirety of The Gunners’ season so far due to an ankle injury, but was expected to make a return to action in January.
Reports of a stress fracture in his foot arose in the press earlier in the week, and the north London club have confirmed the player’s bad news.
“The club can confirm Jack Wilshere has a small stress fracture to his right foot, however it is not accurate to state he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season,” a statement released on the club’s official website reads.
“The injury is in a different area to his previous surgery, and it will be reassessed in around two weeks’ time by our medical team and medical experts who have worked together throughout Jack’s recovery.
“This is a recognised complication of a complex rehabilitation process and, of critical importance, Jack’s initial injury is recovering well,” it concluded.
Wilshere will have one eye on Euro 2012 also, and realistically needs to recover well before the end of the season to stand a chance of inclusion in Fabio Capello’s England squad for the tournament.
By Gareth McKnight