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Jack Wilshere…is it over?

Mar 14, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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Twenty-three years ago this summer at Italia ’90, an Englishman of uncommon talent took the world by storm and elevated himself to a platform where greatness is achieved.

Unfortunately for Paul Gascoigne, alcoholism and injuries have left us wondering what could and should have been. If that tackle hadn’t been made, would Gazza have moved on to become the world’s best? We’ll never know but at least we did get a glimpse of what could’ve of been…

Jack Wilshere is in trouble and it’s not the kind that can be swept under the carpet or paid off with a fine. The boy has injury concerns and it’s bad enough to make me fear we’ll never see the best of him.

His ankles are as knackered as Gazza’s knee was. Arsenal know it, his manager, Arsene Wenger knows it and pretty soon the English footballing public will know that the finest footballer that those shores have developed since the Geordie wonderboy will never hit the heights the country so desperately needs him to find.

And to think it was only seven weeks ago that Wilshere was showing Brazil how to play Brazilian football.

Driving forward with a ball. Delivery deft passes. Showing imagination. Demanding set pieces. Biting into challenges. It’s called bossing the game!

Arsenal will try and baby him through the last part of the campaign but it will do no good. If you haven’t got strong ankles, you can’t play professional football.

Goodbye Jack Wilshere, you shone brightly but way too briefly.

  1. dfstell - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Isn’t it sad that there isn’t a good way to predict durability? It’s really as much an innate talent as is speed, strength, coordination, etc. Sad to see a promising young player who has a body that seems to betray him.

    Here’s a fun question for people….. I know that steroids get poo-pooed because they’re usually associated with strength training, but some PED regimens might help someone like Wilshere just to play. Not saying make him stronger than he is now….just make it possible for him to go out there and play up to his (obvious) natural abilities.

    Would people be opposed to that?

  2. sportsviking - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    dfstell: I think in theory that’s a good idea that I could get on board with, but in reality it will lead to overuse or abuse which is never good for anyone.

    • dfstell - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      I hear you….it’s more the angle of PEDs enhancing recovery that I’m interested in. As a 39 year old, rec league player with all kinds of nicks and dings, I know I’d love to be able to heal a little faster. :)

  3. Nick Webster - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    From the whispers I’ve heard, Wilshere has had the bad ankles since he was 16 but as always playing comes before rehabbing.

  4. nygiantstones - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Good Lord, it’s a little early to be shoveling dirt on the kid’s grave, isn’t it? Yes, this is concerning but with today’s medical monitoring and with a bit more help from the bloody refs in the EPL, his ankles could hold up just fine, thank you very much.

    • dws110 - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      I don’t understand the “bit more help from the refs” part…should there be special fouls called for injury-prone players?

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