Former Arsenal physio Gary Lewin has said Jack Wilshere has himself to blame for his injury record.
Speaking to talkSPORT (per Sport Witness), Lewin insisted that some of Wilshere’s injuries have come as a result of the way he plays. The physio was at Arsenal for 22 years before leaving in 2008 to fully focus on his role with the England team.
Wilshere was out from November to April last season and is yet to play since the new campaign began, after suffering a fractured fibula in training session before the Community Shield.
He is expected to be back around the turn of the year, but will he change?
Tackles like the one from Paddy McNair that rules Wilshere out for so long last season are reckless and inexcusable, Lewin admitted, but the England physio also said Wilshere’s naivety has cost him, as the midfielder stretches for the ball and goes into challenges he’s far from likely to win.
This was the case in 2014, when Wilshere was injured during a challenge with Daniel Agger. The international friendly against Denmark was only 12 minutes old, but Wilshere told Lewin he wanted to play on. Wilshere played 59 minutes that night, only to realise after the game that he had broken his foot.
Wilshere has insisted that he won’t change the way he plays, but maybe he will have to.