By Harry Sykes
Jack Wilshere is set to miss the start of next season after scans showed he has suffered a broken leg, according to a report.
The Sun claim the injury suffered by the Arsenal talisman, who is on loan at Bournemouth, threatens to rule him out for the start of the 2017-18 campaign in addition to missing the remainder of this season.
It is said that a second CT scan discovered the extent of the damage sustained to Wilshere’s left ankle in a tackle with Harry Kane during the Cherries’ 4-0 hammering against Tottenham at White Hart Lane last Saturday.
The Sun report the there is a crack in the 25-year-old’s left fibula, the same area of the joint which was fractured in August 2015 and forced him to miss the majority of last season.
It is said he will still visit a specialist this week and is expected to return to parent club Arsenal for yet another period of rehabilitation in his injury-plagued career.
It is a shattering blow for Wilshere, who had managed to remain mainly injury free at Bournemouth after years of ankle and knee problems at his parent club.
The boyhood Arsenal fan and academy product has had a mixed season on the south coast, where he has been a regular for the club but has not quite hit the heights many had expected.
The 25-year-old joined Eddie Howe’s side on loan after slipping down the midfield pecking order at Arsenal, partly as a result of his injury troubles.
It means Wilshere has played his last game for Bournemouth unless they opt to make his loan move a permanent one.
The England international’s future at Arsenal is in considerable doubt as his contract is due to expire in the summer of 2018.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been an ardent supporter of Wilshere but there appears little chance of the player being handed a new contract while he is out injured.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.