Jack Wilshere is expected to miss Arsenal's Champions League tie at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday as he struggles with his latest injury to a foot. The midfielder rolled his left ankle in training last Thursday and was forced to sit out the 2-0 home win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
Wilshere did not train last Friday; he worked only in the gym on Saturday before the Liverpool game and the indications were that he would not travel to Germany with the squad.
The good news for Wilshere is that it is not the right foot, which was the one he damaged so seriously it cost him 17 months out of the game from June 2011. But he has also had problems with the left as a result, according to the manager, Arsène Wenger, of over-compensating to protect the right.
Wenger has tried to look after Wilshere this season, taking him out of the starting line-up, for example, against Fulham and Napoli; he has admitted to over-using him in the past. Yet there is a suspicion that Wilshere has not been 100 % fit.
He needed lengthy treatment to his right foot after a heavy landing in the home game against Dortmund two weeks ago and was eventually forced off. He claimed that he was fine but Wenger used him only as a substitute in the following game at Crystal Palace.
Wilshere returned to the starting XI against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup last Tuesday only to succumb to the ankle turn in training.
The England manager, Roy Hodgson, attended the Liverpool game and he was not only denied the chance to see Wilshere but also saw the left-back Kieran Gibbs limp off with a calf strain in the 78th minute. Gibbs is a selection doubt for Dortmund. "I will follow the medical advice [on Wilshere]," Wenger said. "He came in on Friday and was not available. We kept him out of the training. On Saturday he had a session but inside on the bike and we will see on Monday morning how he is."