Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out for around three months after he had successful surgery on his ankle this afternoon.
Wilshere suffered ankle ligament damage in a challenge with defender Paddy McNair in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday and had to be taken off in the second half.
He was subsequently sent to a surgeon to be assessed and was operated on earlier today
An Arsenal statement read: "Jack Wilshere has had successful surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.
"An assessment with a specialist confirmed the need for an operation and the 22-year-old had successful surgery to his ankle in London on Thursday afternoon.”
The midfielder has been unfortunate with injuries over the years with a stress fracture in his right ankle causing him to miss the whole of the 2011/12 campaign and has been absent at various points over the past two seasons.
With Wilshere now likely to be out until early March this is just another name on a growing injury list for manager Arsene Wenger to deal with, both Mathieu Debuchy and Mesit Ozil are still long-term absentees and there are now concerns over the fitness of Wojciech Sczesny, Mikel Arteta and Danny Welbeck.
The Arsenal statement added: "Jack will now commence his injury rehabilitation programme with the Arsenal medical team.
"Everyone at the club wishes Jack a speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible."
Written by @Danialkennedy95