Arsenal have confirmed Jack Wilshere has suffered a broken leg that has ended his season. Wilshere, 25, has spent the campaign on loan at Bournemouth, where he had hoped to put behind him the injury woes that have marred his career.
But the England international will now sit out the remaining five games of the season having fractured his left fibula, with Arsenal stating in a press release they hope to have their midfielder fit again in time for next season.
Bournemouth have also confirmed the midfielder has played his last game for the club this term with the Cherries still not yet safe from relegation.
"It is a big blow to lose Jack," said Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
"We have loved working with him since he arrived at the club last August. He has made a huge contribution to our season, both on and off the pitch. We wish him a quick recovery and thank him for his effort and professionalism while he was with us."
Wilshere limped off after 56 minutes during the emphatic 4-0 defeat at White Hart Lane after appearing to hurt his ankle while attempting to block a shot from Harry Kane inside the Bournemouth penalty area.
Wilshere's horrendous injury record has curtailed a career that seemed destined for the top once upon a time.
The midfielder underwent surgery on the same left fibula in September 2015 in what was his third procedure in less than a year – and his sixth time under the knife in four years. He would go onto make just one appearance for the Gunners during the 2015-16 season – on the final day of the campaign.
He picked up another knock during Arsenal's pre-season campaign with the club deciding to allow him to leave the Emirates on loan in search of first-team football. Despite offers from Serie A giants AC Milan and Roma, he opted to remain in the Premier League.
He has made 29 league appearances for the Cherries this season, providing just two assists and no goals.
Wilshere's contract at Arsenal expires in the summer of 2018. Arsene Wenger has indicated the player will be offered a new deal as he aims to retain "an English core" to his side.