Arsenal's Wilshere out for up to five months

Updated: 2011-09-27 18:57


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Arsenal's Wilshere out for up to five months

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (L) challenges Boca Juniors' Leandro Somoza during their Emirates Cup soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London, July 30, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere could be out until late February after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday, adding to the woes of the Premier League club.

He suffered a stress fracture of his right ankle in a pre-season friendly and it failed to heal naturally.

"The initial indications are that the surgery has been successful and Jack will now undergo a prolonged period of rehabilitation," a club statement said.

"It is envisaged Jack's rehabilitation will take a period of four to five months."

Arsenal are 12th in the league after six games and have struggled without the midfielder, who had forced his way into the England first team before his injury.