EXCLUSIVE | By Editor

Jack Wilshere has been hit by another crushing injury blow after being told that he will need surgery to cure his leg fracture, Football Insider sources understand.

The Arsenal midfielder is set to be sidelined for another three months, ruling him out until Christmas.

The Gunners’ medical staff had hoped that Wilshere would not need to undergo surgery on his fractured left fibula.

They waited to see if there was any progress but the injury has not healed and a specialist has advised Arsenal’s medics that he must go under the knife and surgery will take place in the next few days.

Sources have told Football Insider that Wilshere will be out for another three months, ruling him out until the Christmas period.

It is yet another devastating blow for the injury-plagued midfielder, who missed five months of last season with ankle ligament damage.

He has not played in the 2015-16 season after suffering a hairline fracture in training shortly before Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Chelsea.

The initial hope was that the latest in a series of injuries for Wilshere would not prevent him returning straight after the international break.

However, Arsene Wenger admitted at his media briefing last Thursday that his hopes of having Wilshere available to face Stoke on Saturday had subsided.

“I have not seen Jack Wilshere in the last two or three days,” Wenger said. “He is progressing slowly and I can’t tell you much more about it.

“It is slower than expected as I expected him to be back and available after the international break, but unfortunately he will not be available for Saturday. He had a little setback.”

The Wilshere injury is another blow for Arsenal after it emerged that Danny Welbeck is expected to be out for six months after undergoing knee surgery.

Wenger admitted that Welbeck will be sidelined until at least Christmas but the likelihood is that the England international will not play again until March.