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Tuesday 12 March 2013

Jack Wilshere ruled out for three weeks

Arsenal midfielder will miss the trips to Bayern Munich and Swansea with inflammation on his ankle

Jack Wilshere has impressed this season after missing the whole of the last campaign

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful Jack Wilshere will soon be back in action after the midfielder was ruled out with an ankle problem.

The 21-year-old will miss Wednesday's UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second-leg tie against Bayern Munich as well as Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Swansea City as a precaution after suffering mild inflammation on his ankle.

"Maybe for him it is not too bad that he has a little breather"
Arsene Wenger

He will also miss England's FIFA World Cup qualifiers in San Marino and Montenegro on 22 and 26 March but Wenger is confident that Wilshere will be available after the international break when the Gunners host Reading.

"Hopefully for the Premier League he will only miss one game because after [the Swansea game] is an international break and hopefully we can slowly prepare him," Wenger told the club's website.

"At the moment I noticed in the last two games he had to dig deep because he played 30 games [including his preparation matches]. For us it is not welcome but maybe for him it is not too bad that he has a little breather.

"It is more about prevention. We trust people who are specialists in this area and they told us we have to stop him for a short period."

Wilshere has been in impressive form for Arsenal this season after missing the whole of the 2011/12 campaign with ankle and knee problems.

"He has an inflamed ankle, the other ankle to one he injured," added Wenger. "Of course, you ideally want him there with us [in Bayern]. He was out for 17 months and we had to deal with it, so we must be able to do it for two or three weeks."

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Key Points

  • Arsenal's Jack Wilshere ruled out for three weeks
  • Midfielder will miss matches against Bayern Munich and Swansea City
  • Manager Arsene Wenger hopes to have him back for home match against Reading