Jack Wilshere has not had an easy time of it during his career with injury setbacks and he has now opened up on some other issues off the pitch too.
The 27-year-old has told Athlete’s Stance about how his son Archie’s illness made him consider quitting the game early, back in 2016.
Wilshere said: “I always think about one injury and it always plays in my head. It was in 2016, maybe 2015, and I picked up an injury in training. It was tough to take because I was making my way back to where I wanted to be and all of a sudden my four-year-old son was having seizures on the floor.
“It happened every day for maybe three or four months and there were times in the middle of the night I’d be rushing to hospital. I just forgot about football. I remember saying to my wife, “I’m not sure I can do this any more.”
Football can be ruthless in terms of discarding and forgetting about players who are injured – and have repetitive problems – choosing to write them off as unreliable and perhaps not considering how it’s impacting the player.
Wilshere’s injury heartache is tough enough as it is and then added to personal trauma with his family it’s understandable that he considered giving the game up.
The former Arsenal man is an outstanding talent and it would be a loss to the game if he were to retire early – and he will be hoping to show his ability at West Ham next season.