Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has picked up a nasty injury to his ankle that will potentially leave him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

The 26 year old has featured sporadically for West Ham this season, playing only five minutes of football since September and could potentially miss the rest of the season through injury.

There have been claims that the player will undergo further surgery to his ankle in a bid to find a long-lasting solution to this troublesome injury that has been plaguing his career in the last couple of years.

It was first believed to be a slight injury that will clear up in a matter of weeks but following further tests on his ankle, the injury could be much worse than first suspected.

According to The Sun, The Hammers are worried they will be without their star midfielder for the remainder of the campaign and are already looking for possible replacements in the January transfer window.

Since making the switch from North London, the England international has only featured in five games for the Hammers. His performances in those games were average as the midfielder failed to stamp his authority in the centre of the park.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini recently acknowledged that injuries have taken a toll on the player’s career saying that the England international is a $100 million player when fully fit but injuries have continued to plague his career at Upton Park.

Speaking in an interview last year, Pellegrini said, “We already knew before signing him that he is not one to be available every game, every week but we knew how phenomenal Jack is on his day”.

Jack Wilshere is an English professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Premier League outfit West Ham United and the England national team.