West Ham’s Jack Wilshere experiment has failed with yet another injury setback


It really came as no surprise when David Moyes revealed on Tuesday night that Jack Wilshere had rolled his ankle and picked up another injury in training prior West Ham’s 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup.

The midfielder was a conspicuous absence for a game that he would have surely played in had he been fit as he desperately tries to salvage something, anything, from his West Ham career.

But, like so often since making the move from Arsenal, it went wrong.

Moyes said post match: “He rolled his ankle in training yesterday or he would have played tonight. Or certainly around the squad.

“It’s the first time since lockdown he has had an injury so it was just a roll of his ankle.”

Wilshere was handed a three-year, £100,000 a week contract in the summer of 2018 which looks more and more egregious by the day.

He was unveiled alongside then club-record signing Felipe Anderson in a press conference at London Stadium which was also the first time Manuel Pellegrini spoke to the press having been announced as manager.

Since then, he has made 18 competitive appearances for the club.

Pellegrini, who pushed for the three-year deal rather than the one-year contract the club wanted to give the former Arsenal man, said at the aforementioned press conference on Wilshere: “He’s a very important player, not just because of his experience but because of his quality.

“He’s come from a winning club, he used to play Champions League, and that mentality now comes to West Ham and we need to use it to come to important times.”

Wilshere has barely been used since then. He did start the first four games of the Pellegrini-era before he picked up his first injury. He missed the next nine games before making a return against Newcastle United off the bench.

Manuel Pellegrini (C), Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson (L) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (R)

However, another ankle problem surfaced just a few days later which required surgery. Head of medical services Richard Collinge said at the time: “Jack underwent successful surgery in London on Monday morning. 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 as soon as possible.”

That short period of rest was in fact 20 games as he spent four months on the sidelines. He made three substitute appearances in the final four games of the season.

Ahead of the 2019/20 season, Wilshere enjoyed an excellent pre-season camp-aign having worked on his fitness over the summer. He was West Ham’s best player in the Premier League Asia Trophy tournament in China and looked like he might have been over his injury issues.

Football.London spoke to Wilshere in Shanghai during the tournament and asked the midfielder if he was 100 per cent heading into the season.

“I want to play as many games as possible. Last season I started well and felt good, but then I picked up an injury. Injuries can happen at any time, so all I can do is work hard in training and do my best to get into the team,” he said.

“Then, if I’m there, I’ll do my best to help us win as many games as possible. I want to play as many games as possible and help the team finish as high as we can.”

Jack Wilshere in action against Man City in Nanjing

He started the first two games of the campaign before he was dropped for the next three. Four substitute appearances followed by Pellegrini was already heading in a different direction without him in the line up.

In October last year, Wilshere picked up a groin problem. “Jack continues every week trying to work, but when he works harder he starts to feel pain in his groin,” said Pellegrini.

“He is seeing different doctors to see what has happened. He’s a player we need a lot, a different player, but if he’s not 100 percent recovered it’s difficult for him to work.”

The club, new manager David Moyes and player eventually decided that surgery was the best option and WIlshere went under the knife. Again, the club hoped he wouldn’t be out for long but, tellingly, didn’t put a return date on Wilshere’s head.

He would miss four months in total as Moyes eased the midfielder back. Lockdown gave Wilshere the chance to fully recover and heading into Project Restart, was poised to play a big part.

Moyes used him sparingly though, only playing 35 minutes off the bench as the Hammers secured survival.

And now, another ankle problem. Moyes said only last week that Wilshere had been training well but wasn’t selected for the squad for the defeat to Newcastle. He would have played last night against Charlton were it not for his latest setback.

Who knows how long this one will keep him out for as well. It takes Wilshere more time than others to recover from injuries and especially with his ankles.

It’s hard to say anything about the move other than it’s been a disaster. Wilshere was one of the players the Hammers wanted to sell this summer but, unsurprisingly, had little takers for him.

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A move to the MLS might suit the midfielder and football.london understands that could be a possibility down the road.

Moyes added on Tuesday that he “didn’t know” if Wilshere would still be a Hammer come the end of the transfer window next month. Rumours that the club are looking to buy-out his contract are wide of the mark.

While Wilshere has obvious talent, this is a scenario many could see coming. He’s unlikely to ever be able to shake off his injury-prone status and his future in east London is bleak.

Out of contract next summer and unlikely to see much game time at West Ham this season, the 28-year-old should be enjoying his prime years on the pitch. Instead, he’s spending it in the treatment room.





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