Arsenal fans watched on in anguish as Jack Wilshere hit the deck in today’s game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and immediately seemed to signal to the bench that he needed to be substituted.
Taking a knee to the thigh, Wilshere was replaced by Abou Diaby and first impressions seemed to indicate that the midfielder was suffering from a dead leg [not confirmed by Arsenal who have yet to state what the problem is].
Speaking after the match, manager Arsene Wenger said that although Wilshere was having trouble walking properly he only expects him to be out for four to five days meaning that he should be back in time for Arsenal’s FA Cup match against Blackburn next weekend. Wenger also stressed that the injury was “nothing bad.”
A dead leg happens when a heavy impact on the quadriceps forces the muscle to be crushed against the bone. This can lead to tearing of the muscle within the sheath which surrounds it. The resulting injury can cause pain, swelling, bruising and occasionally a restriction to the movement of the leg.
Treatment usually involves rest and the application of ice packs while keeping the leg elevated and recovery can take anywhere between a couple of days to a number of weeks to recover depending on the severity of the injury.by