LONDON — Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will undergo an operation on his right ankle, ruling him out of England's end-of-season friendlies against Ireland and Brazil.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Wilshere "will have small, mild surgery ... to remove a small pin. It will not be a problem."
Wilshere missed the whole of last season with a variety of injuries and has also sat out six games since the end of March to monitor a left ankle problem.
Wenger says "at the moment, Jack plays with painkillers and I use him only when it is really needed."
Wilshere could still play a part in Arsenal's final two games of the season, against Wigan on Tuesday and Newcastle on Sunday. Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League by winning both games.