Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits he is uncertain as to the severity of the injury suffered by Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere during Saturday's (15 April) Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
The 25-year-old, whose long-term association with the Gunners and previous comments concerning Spurs meant that he was booed from the moment his name was first read out over the tannoy, limped off after 56 minutes of an emphatic 4-0 defeat at White Hart Lane after appearing to hurt his ankle while attempting to block a shot from Harry Kane inside the Bournemouth penalty area.
His substitution was greeted with glee by certain gloating sections of the home crowd, who were heard chanting: "It's happened again, it's happened again, Jack Wilshere, it's happened again".
The 34-cap England international previously created controversy in 2015 when he led fans in an expletive-laden chant mocking Tottenham during Arsenal's FA Cup victory parade.
"I don't know. I've got no idea – I know as much as what you saw," Howe was quoted as saying of the injury by the Evening Standard. "It was difficult for all our team, not just Jack. We wanted to perform much better than that but it's difficult to single Jack out."
ESPN report that Wilshere left the stadium on crutches with his left ankle encased in a protective boot.
The former Bolton Wanderers loanee had become a bench option for Bournemouth after starting regularly during the opening three-quarters of the 2016-17 campaign, but was promptly restored to the starting XI following a medial ligament injury sustained by Andrew Surman that could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.
Dan Gosling also remains out after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee problem.
Wilshere will hope this latest issue is nothing serious with his future beyond the end of the season still very unclear. Howe recently reiterated a desire to retain his services on a permanent basis, although conceded that the player may well see his future elsewhere. The Sun, meanwhile, have suggested that West Ham United are willing to spend £30m ($37.5m) to sign him this summer.
Wilshere has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract and has claimed that he will only sit down for talks regarding a possible extension in the summer. It has since been reported that the Gunners have finally moved to open negotiations in light of that rival interest, with Arsene Wenger insisting that the club must keep together a British core that is currently comprised of Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs.
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