- Written by Barnaby Merrill
- Monday, 11 February 2013 17:05
After sustaining an injury and being forced off after only 50 minutes of Arsenal's victory over Sunderland on Saturday, there was concern over Jack Wilshere's availability for upcoming crucial games in the FA cup and Champions League.
Arsenal play Blackburn followed by Bayern Munich in the space of four days starting from Saturday, and Wilshere will have one of the tests of his career (though one could argue having passed the Xavi-Busquets-Iniesta test he doesn’t have much to worry about) when the German champions-elect come to North London.
Fortunately, the collision with Alfred N'Diaye that forced Wilshere to come off for Abou Diaby gave the midfield talisman nothing more than a dead leg, as could have been evidenced by him taking a seat on the bench after coming off, as opposed to going down the tunnel for treatment.
Arsene Wenger described Jack's injury as a '4-5 day' injury, and that seems about rights as he could potentially play in the FA Cup against Blackburn, though he is likely to be rested for that game in preparation for the titanic clash (I'm allowed to call it that) with Bayern on Tuesday.
Naturally Gooners would have been concerned about Wilshere, especially after his injury lay-off and repeated career scares, but it's clear he's not especially fragile and there's nothing to worry about in this case.
His fellow Sunderland injur-ee Laurent Koscielny is expected to return for the games as well.