Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has admitted that club colleague Jack Wilshere's ankle injury is a 'big blow' to the north London club, and is eager for the England international to make a speedy recovery.
The knock is set to keep the Gunners starlet out of action for up to three months and the Welshman is hoping that he won't be sidelined for too long.
"I haven’t spoken to him so I don’t know what the situation is but I know he’s been struggling with his ankle and it’s a big blow," Ramsey told a press conference.
"He had a massive season last season and he showed everyone what he’s capable of doing. I thought we played pretty well in pre-season together, so it’s a big blow for Arsenal and hopefully now he can get back as quick as possible, and makes a speedy recovery."
Ramsey leads Wales out as captain against England at Wembley on Tuesday evening, having scored in side's 2-1 win over Montenegro on Friday and is hopeful that the side can show what they're capable of against the Three Lions.
"Yeah it’s big [the win over Montenegro]. We needed a bit of belief and I’m sure that will give us that to take into the game and hopefully we can start the game better [than in the defeat to England at the Millennium Stadium in March] and show what we’re capable of doing against England."
Nevertheless, Ramsey also acknowledges how difficult it will be against Fabio Capello's side, after their 3-0 win over Bulgaria, but is optimistic that with Gareth Bale in their line-up, the Welsh have a chance.
"They’re in great form at the moment and they’re confidence is sky-high after the last few results they’ve had" added Ramsey.
"Rooney got another few goals the other day but we just have to concentrate on our game.
"Gareth Bale had an amazing season last season. He was player’s player and he’s a great attribute to our team.
"He can take on players, he has fantastic delivery and hopefully we can link up again tomorrow night and hopefully create a few opportunities for either one of us or one of our team-mates.