London - Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere will be sidelined for at
least six weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture to his left foot,
the English Premiership club has announced on Thursday.
central midfielder, who has a history of injury problems, picked up the
fracture in a 50-50 challenge with Daniel Agger in the early stages of
England's 1-0 friendly win over Denmark on Wednesday.
collapsing to the ground in apparent agony and receiving treatment from
England's medical staff, he was able to continue playing until being
substituted in the 59th minute.
Both England manager Roy Hodgson
and Wilshere himself claimed after the game that his foot was only
"bruised", but further scans revealed the full extent of the injury.
Wilshere has sustained a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his
left foot," read a statement on the Arsenal website.
suffered the injury during England's international match with Denmark on
Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium, in which he played 59 minutes.
initial scans carried out by the FA (Football Association) on Wednesday
night, further investigation by Arsenal's medical team has discovered a
crack to a small bone in Jack's left foot -- the navicular, an area of
his foot which has not been previously injured.
"Jack will now require a period of approximately six weeks' rehabilitation, before starting to regain his match fitness."
of Wilshere's injury arrives at an untimely juncture for Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger, whose side are competing for honours on three
fronts and host Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
then visit Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week, when they
will seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their last 16
As well as those games, Wilshere stands to miss key Premier
League matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City
later this month.
However, the initial prognosis suggests that his
chances of playing at the World Cup in Brazil are not at risk, with
Hodgson due to name his 23-man squad for the tournament on May 13.
have already seen one of their England players succumb to a
season-ending injury, with winger Theo Walcott having been ruled out of
the World Cup after damaging knee ligaments in January.
Speaking after the Denmark game, Hodgson had played down the extent of Wilshere's injury.
last thing I want is to send players back injured, especially when
Arsenal have so many important games coming up, so we were delighted
when he got up and we were told it was just a kick on the foot," he
"I am hoping that when he goes back to Arsenal they will soon put that right and that he will be fit for Saturday."