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Wilshere could miss as much as three months with ankle injury

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In the coming days, the midfielder will hear if surgery will be required to undo what Paddy McNair did.

How it happened.
How it happened.
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If you responded to Jack Wilshere's injury last Saturday (in Arsenal's 2-1 home loss to Manchester United) with a comment along the lines of "that looks bad," well, you're absolutely right.

According to a report in the Guardian, Wilshere could miss as much as three months of action due to the tackle from United defender Paddy McNair that took him out of Saturday's match. The timetable will reportedly be determined over the next few days, once Wilshere meets with a specialist and learns whether surgery is necessary to repair the damage. The Guardian also glumly adds that even if Jack doesn't have to meet knife, it could still be an eight-week road to recovery.

Regardless of how you feel Wilshere fits into the Starting XI (ahem), it's not terrific news for a team that once again appears to be shouldering more than its fair share of injuries. The Daily Mail, if you're interested, has piled on with a recounting of injuries that have sidelined Wilshere for 119 weeks of the past five years. Most of the ailments feature ... wait for it ... his ankles.