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Jack Wilshire will play major role this season for Arsenal after surgery for leg injury: Arsene Wenger

By Jim Van Wijk

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere can put his latest injury setback behind him to play a major part this season after it was confirmed the England midfielder needed surgery to fix a hairline fracture in his left leg.

Wilshere (23) has battled through a string of fitness issues which have halted his progress in recent campaigns.

Following further medical examinations on the injury suffered in pre-season, the decision has now been taken that an operation is needed to properly correct the problem which will see a small plate inserted into the bone, and a rehabilitation time of around three months.

Wenger, already without forward Danny Welbeck until at least Christmas following knee surgery, moved to allay fears over Wilshere's long-term prospects.

Speaking in Croatia ahead of tonight's Champions League Group F opener against Dinamo Zagreb, the Arsenal boss said: "He is disappointed, but he has shown in the past he can deal with that. I think he was determined to do it quickly and come back as quickly as possible.

"We are still at the start of the season. We are now mid-September, so after three months - mid-December - he can be back.

"This kind of injury is not a kind of injury which can damage your career. It is just a bone that did not heal well.

"They need to put a little clip in. That is nothing major, not a career-threatening injury."

Wenger added: "When you are injured and you come back, you always go through a vulnerable period, where you need to strengthen your body again.

"He is young enough to get over that and I hope his body will stabilise, I am confident he will and that he can make a career his talent deserves."

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