Monday, 4 November 2013

Jack Wilshere set to miss Arsenal's Dortmund clash with new ankle injury

Jack Wilshere set to miss Arsenal's Dortmund clash with new ankle injury

England man rolled his left ankle in training and could even miss England's friendlies with Chile and Germany later this month
Crocked: Jack Wilshere is set for even more time on the sidelines
Crocked: Jack Wilshere is set for even more time on the sidelines
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Jack Wilshere is set to miss Arsenal’s crunch Champions League trip to Borussia ­Dortmund.
The midfielder suffered an injury to his OTHER ankle in training last week, which could also make him a big doubt to face Manchester United on Sunday, as well as play in England’s friendlies with Chile and Germany this month.
It is believed that Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson will talk to Gunners chief Arsene Wenger this week to get an update on the 21-year-old’s fitness before naming his squad.
But there is some relief that the latest injury is nothing to do with the long-running right ankle problem which kept Wilshere out for 17 months.
Instead, he “rolled” his left ankle in training on Thursday.
Wilshere was hoping to be fit for the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday , but he did not recover and now fears missing the flight to Germany tomorrow, ahead of Wednesday’s match at Dortmund.
If he is not fit for next weekend, then he will probably not be able to report for England duty.
Wenger, who is also likely to be without Kieran Gibbs because of a calf injury, has not yet ruled Wilshere out of playing in Dortmund, but Hodgson is also keen to help the England star back to his best in World Cup year.
Arsenal return to Champions League action with renewed confidence, despite Jurgen Klopp’s men thrashing Stuttgart 6-1 at the weekend.
Wenger even claimed it was so one-sided that he switched off after 20 minutes. But the Gunners need a result and midfielder Mikel Arteta is convinced the Liverpool win will inspire them.
He said: “The Dortmund game is huge. We knew this week was going to be tough and this is a good way to start it.
“But Dortmund is going to be a very different game to Liverpool, as they play a very different game.
“We have more belief and are starting to create a bit of fear in the opposition, and that gives us a better chance.
Wounded lion: Wilshere could miss England's double-header this month
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“When you are on a good run and the confidence level is high, it makes ­everything much easier.
“I didn’t think Dortmund were the better team when they won at the ­Emirates last time round. We conceded a goal when we were on top of the game and looking more likely to score a second to kill off the match.
“But in Champions League games between the best teams, the number of even small chances are limited. It was our fault that we lost, but I think we showed we are the same level as ­Dortmund.
“We don’t want to go to Napoli needing a win.
“But when we looked at the fixtures, when the draw was made, we knew it would be strange to be ­qualified by the last game because of the quality of teams in the group.
“So we might need ­to get ­something there, too.”

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