Wilshere confirms setback and doesn’t know his Arsenal return date

Just about every Arsenal fan is now aware that Jack Wilshere has had a setback to his return to the Gunners squad, and Arsene Wenger tried hard to play down the impact in his pre-game media conference.

He said: “He has had a little setback that is under investigation at the moment so I cannot give you how long he will be out for. At the moment he is seeing a specialist and as soon as we know more we will communicate.

“It sets him back a little bit but for how long I don’t know. It is the same foot but a different problem to the injury he had surgery on back in September. But is it an inflammation? We have to wait a little bit.”

But now Wilshere himself has confirmed the rumours, and also admitted that he had been given no idea as to how much longer he will be on the treatment table.

Wilshere said on his Twitter account: “It is true I have had a set back. I can’t tell you how long I have been set back because I don’t know! I am very annoyed but will stay strong.”

We can only hope (like Wenger) that it is only a “minor” setback, but given Arsenal’s record of extending injuries long past their sell-by-date, I won’t be holding my breath for any good news in the near future.