Midfielder Jack Wilshere will
miss England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro as
well as Arsenal's Champions League match at Bayern Munich on Wednesday,
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.
has an inflamed ankle, the other ankle to the one he injured before,"
Wenger told reporters before his squad left for Wednesday's last 16
second leg in Germany.
"He will be out for three weeks and will not be available against Munich, Swansea and not for England."
England play San Marino on March 22 and Montenegro four days later.
are optimistic that Wilshere, who is currently having treatment in
Dubai, will be fit to return for their Premier League match against
Reading on March 30.
damaged his left ankle during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at arch-rivals
Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby on March 3 and has been slow
An injury to his right ankle sidelined him for the whole of last season.
added: "He has some bone bruising. The last time it deteriorated into a
stress fracture. That's what we don't want to happen.
trust people who are specialists in this area. He was out for 17 months
and we had to deal with it and so we will deal with it for two or three
Podolski, who has been relegated to the bench for the last six matches,
is also suffering with an ankle problem and is a doubt as Arsenal
attempt to overcome a 3-1 first leg home defeat in Munich.
Arsenal will also be without defender Bacary Sagna for the match as he is suffering with knee and leg problems.
Wenger said Arsenal would have to make the "impossible possible" to stay in the competition.
chance is small," said Wenger, "but the chance makes the impossible
possible. That would be a great credit for our team if we do it. We have
to try to achieve it."
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