West Ham United have suffered a fresh injury blow with midfielder Jack Wilshere expected to return to the sidelines after picking up another ankle injury. The England international has managed just five league appearances for the Hammers since joining them on a Bosman from Arsenal last summer and it appears that he has now returned to the treatment room after only a brief cameo against Newcastle United earlier in the month.
According to The Mirror, the former Gunners graduate is likely to miss another five weeks of first-team action with a fresh ankle injury and the Hammers remain concerned that he may require a further operation to rectify the issue. Wilshere’s career has been marred by several injury concerns over the years but he appeared to have partially overcome his poor fitness record after making 38 appearances for the Gunners last term.
However, the same injury bug has once again hampered him with the switch to the London Stadium and his absence is likely to provide a headache for manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is already without Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko with long-term injuries which may rule them out for the campaign.
At the present moment, skipper Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Declan Rice remain the only fit central midfielders up for selection and Pellegrini may want to bolster the position with another recruit at the turn of the year to provide the additional depth in case of further injuries. Meanwhile, the Hammers have revived their Premier League season with four wins on the bounce and this has propelled them to the top half of the standings.
They are scheduled Watford, Southampton and Burnley in the next three matches and based on the current run of form, Pellegrini will be hoping that his team can end the year on a high note by continuing on their winning run.