West Ham have been dealt a blow after it emerged that Jack Wilshere will be out for up to six weeks following surgery on an ankle injury.
It had been hoped that Wilshere would not require an operation after he sustained a sprained ankle in training last week. Yet the problem was serious enough to keep the midfielder out of his club’s victory at Everton on Sunday and he is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after having a minor procedure on Monday.
The 26-year-old’s latest setback is a blow for Manuel Pellegrini, who pushed for Wilshere to be given a three-year deal in the summer. West Ham’s board only wanted to give the former Arsenal player a one-year contract because of concerns over his injury record, only to give in to Pellegrini’s demands.