England vs Italy: Jack Wilshere ruled out after being sent back to Arsenal with knee injury

Midfielder suffered a knee injury in training ahead of the victory over the Netherlands and has been sent back to his club for further treatment

Jack de Menezes@JackdeMenezes
Saturday 24 March 2018 18:50
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Jack Wilshere will miss England's international friendly against Italy due to injury
Jack Wilshere will miss England's international friendly against Italy due to injury

Jack Wilshere will miss England’s international friendly against Italy on Tuesday after being sent back to Arsenal for treatment on a knee injury that he suffered in training with the national team, the Football Association have confirmed.

The midfielder returned to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the games against the Netherlands and Italy having not played for his country since Euro 2016 due to injury and poor form, but missed Friday’s 1-0 victory in Amsterdam after being left at England St George’s Park training base to have treatment on an injury sustained the day before.

Southgate was hopeful that Wilshere would be available for Tuesday’s visit of Italy to Wembley Stadium, but after the squad returned to the United Kingdom on Saturday it was confirmed that he will not recover in time for the friendly.

A tweet sent out from the official England Twitter account read: “@JackWilshere won’t feature against Italy and has now withdrawn from the group.”

Wilshere will head back to his club for further treatment on the injury, with Arsenal hopeful that he will be fit for their Premier League clash with Stoke City next weekend and the Europa League quarter-final first leg against CSKA Moscow the following Thursday.

England have also confirmed that Liverpool defender Joe Gomez remains under assessment after being substituted on Friday night just 10 minutes into the match with an ankle problem. The 20-year-old, who was replaced by Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, is doubtful to face Italy, but will remain with Southgate’s squad for further treatment before any decision to send him home is taken.

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