Jack Wilshere has withdrawn from the England squad after picking up a knee injury, reports the Guardian.
The Arsenal midfielder looked prime to make his first appearance for the Three Lions since Euro 2016 but hasn’t travelled to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands in Friday’s international friendly.
Wilshere had worked hard to prove his injury problems were behind him this season. The 26-year-old fractured his leg in April 2017 during a loan spell with Bournemouth but recovered in October and was back in the Arsenal squad.
He’s made 33 appearances in all competitions, featuring in all but one of the Gunners’ Europa League outings, while playing five of Arsenal’s six League Cup games, including the final defeat to Manchester City.
Wilshere is having treatment with his club and could return in time to face Italy on Tuesday. His knee injury isn’t thought to be too serious, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.
“Jack felt some tendon in his knee. It’s something he’s felt before. It’s nothing too serious. Hopefully over the next couple of days that will settle down. It’s something that in the past has settled down quickly,” he said, reports the Standard.
This setback couldn’t have come at a worse time, however, as the summer tournament is just three months away. Southgate hasn’t had Wilshere play under him since taking over as head coach in November 2016 and this was a big opportunity for the Arsenal man to prove his worth to the national team.