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Wilshere's West Ham return pushed back to November

Jack Wilshere underwent a minor operation in September. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere has suffered another injury setback with the West Ham midfielder battling to return from ankle surgery.

The 26-year-old, whose career has been punctuated by injury problems, underwent a minor operation in September and was expected to be sidelined for around six weeks.

However, Wilshere is still having to rest due to some inflammation around the ankle meaning he is unable to resume training, pushing his likely return date back until November.

"Jack felt some pain the last two days here so he needs more time to recover," revealed manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Wilshere, who joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer, had started all four of West Ham's Premier League matches before he was injured against Wolves on September 1.

There was better news concerning another injury-plagued player, though, with Andy Carroll back on the training pitch.

The striker has yet to figure this term after suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem during pre-season.

"Andy is recovering," added Pellegrini. "He started working this week, part of the warm-up with the whole squad, so we will see in the next week how he improves.

"I hope that in a maximum of 15 days he will at least be working with the squad completely."

West Ham's Wilshere ruled out for six weeks

Jack WIlshere could miss up to six weeks. Credit: PA

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is facing a spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery, the club have announced.

Wilshere, 26, had his operation on Monday morning after missing Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win at Everton because of his injury, and now faces a period of rest before beginning his rehabilitation.

However, the Hammers' head of medical Richard Collinge has revealed the procedure went well.

In a statement on the club's official website, Collinge said: "Jack underwent successful surgery in London on Monday morning for a minor ongoing ankle issue. The surgeon was happy with the procedure and all went as planned.

"We envisage he will only need a relatively short period of rest and will then start his rehabilitation. Jack is focused and determined to get back training and playing as soon as possible."

The confirmation came amid speculation that Wilshere could be facing up to six weeks out of action.

Pellegrini backs Wilshere to be a West Ham hit

Wilshere left Arsenal after 17 years due to failing to agree a new contract. Credit: PA

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes new signing Jack Wilshere has "many years of football" left in him.

The England midfielder signed a three-year deal to join the Hammers on Monday after leaving Arsenal at the end of his contract.

Wilshere, 26, has struggled with injuries in recent years but enjoyed one of his most consistent seasons for some time during the last campaign and Pellegrini feels he will prove to be an astute signing for West Ham.

"At 26, he still has many years of football in front of him, and I believe he will be a great asset for us," he told the club's official website.

Wilshere, a boyhood West Ham fan, opted against signing a new contract at Arsenal after a conversation with new head coach Unai Emery.

He claimed Emery said his playing time at the Emirates Stadium would be "significantly reduced" and so took the decision to end his 17-year association with the Gunners and head across London.

"We are very happy to welcome Jack to West Ham United and I look forward to working with him, starting at our training camp here in Switzerland," added Pellegrini, who took over at the London Stadium in May

"Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at international level.

"Most importantly, he is hungry to play for West Ham, and determined to reproduce the level of performance that he has shown in the past."

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Jack Wilshere announces he will leave Arsenal

Jack Wilshere has been on Arsenal's books for 17 years Credit: PA

Midfielder Jack Wilshere has announced he will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The 26-year-old, who has been with the Gunners since joining their academy in 2001, said he was "left with little choice" following discussions with the club, including new manager Unai Emery.

"I can confirm I will be leaving Arsenal Football Club when my contract expires at the end of June," Wilshere wrote on Instagram.

"Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons."

No new injury concerns ahead of Arsenal's Atletico clash

Ozil, Cech and Wilshere all trained ahead of Arsenal's Europa League match on Thursday. Credit: PA

Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Jack Wilshere all trained on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid.

The trio, as well as full-back Sead Kolasinac, missed Sunday's 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham with minor complaints, but all were part of the squad working at London Colney.

Ozil was ill, while Cech had a minor hip injury as Wilshere and Kolasinac were sidelined with ankle problems.

Mohamed Elneny was carried off on a stretcher on the stroke of half-time with ankle ligament damage, although Arsenal are hopeful he will play again this season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also absent, but could feature in the second leg in Madrid next week, having trained away from the group on Wednesday.

The news will be a boost to outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he looks to end his near-22 year tenure with a European trophy, especially as Atletico themselves were given good news as former Chelsea forward Diego Costa was passed fit to travel to London following a hamstring injury.

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