Wilshere suffers new injury blow

06 August 2015 09:40:44 EST

Jack Wilshere has suffered a new injury setback at the start of the new season with a hairline fracture to his right ankle ruling him out for six to eight weeks.

The Arsenal and England midfielder suffered the injury in training ahead of last weekend's Community Shield victory over Chelsea and, after missing five months of last season with an ankle injury, is now set to miss the first few weeks of the Gunners' new Premier League campaign.

Arsene Wenger confirmed the news of Wilshere's injury on the club's website, saying: "I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out.

"There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage - there is no damage at all apart from that. It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental."

It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental.

Arsene Wenger

Wilshere needed two operations following ligament damage midway through last season but recovered to play in the Gunners' final few matches of the season, including their victory in the FA Cup final over Aston Villa.

He was also involved for England, in their friendly draw with the Republic of Ireland and their win over Slovenia in qualifying for the European Championships next summer, where England are 1000/1.

However, his career has been blighted by injury and this will be the fifth year in a row which will see Wilshere missing a substantial part of the season.

In his absence, the Gunners get their Premier League campaign underway with a home match against West Ham on Sunday. They are 2/9 for the win, the Hammers are 16/1 and the draw is priced at 6/1.

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