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.

Dead leg

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.


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+1 #8 Isaac Segut 2013-02-12 17:28
Wilshere will become great after he return back next week,let us pray he will be back next week
#7 Yeka 2013-02-12 16:33
Great! but i just hope the news is not a curtain to convince fans. Willy i wish u well.
#6 Price per Head 2013-02-12 15:29
Great!! Thank you for the information.
#5 Bright 2013-02-12 09:17
Timao so what is the meaning of that?
+8 #4 Sam 2013-02-11 19:21
my advice is dont have him in the squad for blackburn, if we are being realistic here we should not even need him a midfield trio of diaby, arteta and cazorla would be good enough we dont want to burn him out especially with bayern coming up
#3 Flo 2013-02-11 18:25
Fingers crossed lets ope 4 da best !
+5 #2 hard ogura 2013-02-11 17:54
Thank you TIMAO, why don't you help us at Arsenal since they seem to have less experience and less knowledgable medics. Haha!
-10 #1 timao 2013-02-11 17:32
people should not take Wenger's 4-5 days comment to literally. it is not possible to thoroughly diagnose an injury like that so quickly and there may well have been an element of positive reinforcement, mind games, or just wishful thinking behind his answer. what wilshere suffered was most likely a grade two quadriceps contusion and even with proper treatment this would normally mean anything from ten days to two weeks out of competitive action. anyone suffering a 'just' a dead leg needs to treat it seriously though because applying the wrong therapy (eg heat) can have very unpleasant and permanent consequences.