Jack Wilshere Could Miss Rest Of The Season With Ankle Injury
Jack Wilshere will definitely miss the Christmas period of football with his ankle injury and West Ham worry that their summer signing could be out for the rest of the season.
Death, taxes and Jack Wilshere being injured seem to be the only three things in life that anyone can guarantee. According to Transfermarkt the West Ham midfielder has missed 169 matches so far in his career through injury, that's nearly 4.5 Premier League seasons.
Most of that time for Wilshere has been as an Arsenal player, finally at the end of last season he decided to move on from the team he's supported his whole life.
After Unai Emery couldn't guarantee him first team football in a post Arsene Wenger world he left for West Ham but injuries have followed him and so far he's only played 339 minutes of football, across five Premier League games.
Once again the 26 year old is out with an ankle injury. According to the Mirror the midfielder is expected to be out for around five weeks, missing the whole 'festive period' and the beginning of the new year.
But other reports also say that should five weeks rest not work then West Ham fear Wilshere will once again need surgery that would likely mean missing the whole season.
More surgery and a long lay off would be a huge blow to both Wilshere and the Hammers, despite their recent excellent run of form.
The London club are already potentially without two creative players for the rest of the season. Manuel Lanzini was injured ahead of the World Cup with the Argentina team and may be out until the summer.
Summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko was injured for six months back in October whilst fellow pre season addition Carlos Sanchez is also currently missing.
Despite the injury problems Manuel Pellegrini has led his side into the top half of the table after recent good form.
The Hammers beat Manchester United 3-1 earlier in the season and since a 4-0 loss at Manchester City they have won four games in a row to move into ninth in the table.
Their biggest win though will come if Wilshere doesn't need surgery.