Jack Wilshere’s season is over after Bournemouth confirmed the player had suffered a fracture of his left leg.
The midfielder, on loan from Arsenal, was injured in a collision with the Tottenham striker Harry Kane. An x-ray ruled out a break but a second scan has picked up a hairline fracture to the left fibula.
A club statement issued on Wednesday afternoon read: “Wilshere will undergo further specialist assessments to identify more specifics regarding the injury and also to structure a rehabilitation programme. He will miss the remaining five games of the season.”
It has yet to be decided whether Wilshere will return straight away to Arsenal for his rehabilitation or stay with Bournemouth.
“It is a big blow to lose Jack,” Eddie Howe said. “We have loved working with him since he arrived last August. He has made a huge contribution to our season, both on and off the pitch.” The Bournemouth manager added: “We wish him a quick recovery and thank him for his effort and professionalism while he was with us.”
The injury is similar to the one that ruled out Wilshire for most of the 2015-16 season. The 25-year-old has made 27 appearances during his season-long loan deal – his biggest run of domestic outings since the 2013-14 campaign.
The break was sustained during the second half of the 4-0 defeat at Spurs, when Wilshere collided with Kane and was forced to leave the field with what looked like an ankle issue. He was seen leaving the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left foot.
Wilshere’s latest setback comes at a bad time. He is about to enter contract talks with Arsenal and his current deal runs only until the end of the season.