West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to rule out Jack Wilshere for the rest of the season despite no sign of the midfielder returning to action.
The former Arsenal player had ankle surgery in September but there have been complications that have led to pain in his foot joint, making it difficult to train.
There were reports that Wilshere had pulled up in training, further aggravating the problem, but Pellegrini denied the story:
“We must wait for Jack when he comes back and see how he feels. Those are all rumours, we cannot confirm 100 per cent.”
“He’s just been resting for a couple of months so it will not be easy for him to recover his best shape as a player, but the important thing for me is that he must feel that he is OK, and has no pain in his ankle. After that, we will see what happens with him.”
Fans on Twitter are disappointed with the latest developments:
Such a shame. What a player we should/could have
— The Crossed Irons (@IronsCrossed) 1 March 2019
Always sad when this happens…such talent.
— Charles Flores (@charlesfloresma) 1 March 2019
Such a shame but more important he gets a proper diagnosis and treatment 😞
— Mary (@ZaynafamilyMary) 28 February 2019
Gutted for him.
— A Bloke called Brooke (@Disco_Biscuitz) 28 February 2019
It’s another Ashton imo his Ankle will never full recover!
— ⚒⚒TonyCOYI⚒⚒ (@CoyiTony) 28 February 2019
Others feel it is the time to cut their losses:
Going to have to pack the game in, costing the club too much money!
— Rob Holloway (@robhollo) 1 March 2019
We should have never got him everyone know what he’s like
— John ⚒ (@bigknightywhu) 28 February 2019
Sorry but if we want to start climbing that league table and challenging for Europe, we have to stop harbouring these players who are constantly injured. For me Carroll, Wilshere need to go and Reid is on a tightrope too.
— ⚒ Andy B ⚒ (@northwesthammer) 1 March 2019
He got to go in my book
— Mike Coote (@mike_coote) 28 February 2019
What a complete waste of time and money that was…. bore off 😴 Will we ever learn?
— Chazinmadhouse (@chazinmadhouse) 28 February 2019
Wilshere’s career has been littered with long-term injuries, but it is harsh to blame the player for something that is out of his control.
His body just seems ill-suited for the rigours of Premier League football, and if he does return to fitness, there will be question marks over how long he’ll last before he breaks down again.