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Thursday 17 May 2012

Arsenal's Wilshere to have knee surgery

Gunners midfielder should be back for start of 2012/13 campaign

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere did not appear in the Barclays Premier League at all last season

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to have surgery on his left knee.

The 20-year-old, who has had a nightmare with injuries in the past year, is still expected to be fit for the start of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season.

"Jack will travel to Sweden for a minor procedure on his left knee"
- Arsenal statement

Wilshere did not play a single match in the 2011/12 campaign due to a problem with his right ankle, and he will also miss the European Championship with England this summer.

A statement on the official Arsenal website read: "Jack is continuing to recover very well from the injury to his right ankle which ruled him out of action for the 2011/12 season.

"However, his on-going rehabilitation has seen a long-standing slight issue with his patella tendon in his left knee flare up.

"As a result, Jack will travel to Sweden for a minor procedure on his left knee in the next few days.This procedure is not expected to significantly affect Jack's comeback ahead of next season.

"On returning to England, Jack will resume his rehabilitation with the Arsenal medical team over the summer."

Wilshere suffered the ankle problem in a pre-season friendly, and then endured a recurrence earlier this year as he was on the way to recovery.

The talented youngster, who has won five England caps, played 35 times in the Barclays Premier League in the 2010/11 season, scoring in a 4-2 win at Aston Villa in November 2010.

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Key Points

  • Wilshere to have minor surgery on knee problem
  • Arsenal midfielder has not played for club since end of 2010/11 season
  • Gunners expect him to be fit for new campaign