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Wilshere out until Christmas?

Filed: Tuesday, 18th September 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United Head of Medical Richard Collinge says that Jack Wilshere's operation has been successfully conducted.

The 26-year-old underwent surgery on Monday morning to correct a problem with his ankle. And whilst Collinge confirmed that the operation has gone as planned, he was reluctant to put a date on Wilshere's return.

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"Jack underwent successful surgery in London on Monday morning for a minor ongoing ankle issue," Collinge told whufc.com. "The surgeon was happy with the procedure and all went as planned.

"We envisage he will only need a relatively short period of rest and will then start his rehabilitation. Jack is focused and determined to get back training and playing as soon as possible."

However quite how soon that may be is a cause for concern.

Whilst The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg reported on Monday evening that Wilshere is likely to be out of action for around six weeks, other sources close to West Ham believe that the midfielder could potentially be sidelined for twice as long.

And were that to be the case, the former Arsenal star - who has made just four competitive appearances for the club since his switch from north to east London - would be out of action until Christmas.

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Wilshere, who joined West Ham on a free transfer during the summer has a long history of well-documented injury problems - several of which have involved his feet and ankles.

In July 2011, whilst still a teenager he was ruled out by a sprained ankle that kept him sidelined for two months. Having failed to recover from that, he was unable to play for a further four months after undergoing corrective surgery.

In November 2013 he was unable to play for a week after suffering another sprain to the ankle, before sustaining a hairline crack in his foot that resulted in a further two months on the bench.

Wilshere has also suffered at least four malleolar injuries - a fracture or serious damage to ankle ligaments - since turning pro. Rectifying this particular problem involves repositioning bone fragments and sometimes inserting plates into the foot.

Unhappy Jack: Wilshere's history of injuries
List sourced from transfermarkt.com

2009: Malleolar injury (injured for 2 weeks)

2011: Sprained ankle (6 months)

2012: Fatigue fracture (3 months); knee operation (4 months)

2013: Malleolar injury (1 month); Sprained ankle (6 days)

2014: Hairline crack in foot (2 months); Malleolar injury (4 months)

2015: Hairline crack in calf (8 months)

2016: Knee injury (2 weeks)

2017: Hairline crack in calf (4 months)

2018: Ankle injury (estimated 6 weeks-3 months)

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