Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could reportedly miss the first three games of the 2015/16 Premier League season due to an ankle injury.
Wilshere suffered the injury in a training session on Saturday and was subsequently left out of the Gunners' squad that claimed a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in Sunday's Community Shield.
While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger initially indicated that he only expected Wilshere to be sidelined for a matter of days, reports suggest that the 23-year-old will miss his side's season opener against West Ham United on Sunday, as well as the fixture against Crystal Palace that follows. A meeting with Liverpool on August 24 may also come too soon for Wilshere.
The news comes as a blow to the Gunners who were forced to do without Wilshere for much of last season, with the midfielder making just 14 Premier League appearances after twice undergoing surgery on his ankle.
It is not only the Gunners who may have to do without the services of the number ten. England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping that there are no complications in Wilshere's recovery, with the Three Lions set to face San Marino and Switzerland in Euro 2016 qualification fixtures in early September.