Jack Wilshere’s final diagnostic is yet to be revealed, however the Frenchman has stated that the young Englishman will not have to another spell in a protective boot and there are to be more tests this week.
Abou Diaby is set to return at the end of next month as he closes in on returning to full training which is a big boost for the unfortunate midfielder who has been plagued with injuries.
Wenger has also stated that he will hold talks with Ryo Miyaichi over a possible loan move ahead of deadline day, but he is restricted to only playing in England due to the homegrown rule.
on Jack Wilshere’s fitness…
I spoke to Jack today. We have no real news yet. The first news we have had is better than expected. He is not in a boot, but I don’t know more. His morale looks quite good and I hope it will only be a short setback.There will be more tests this week.
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on Abou Diaby’s comeback…
He is coming back on Tuesday. He has been in a rehab centre and has worked very hard. We feel that when he comes back he will need three more weeks of training, so the earliest he will play will be the end of February.
on Ryo’s future…
I will have a chat with him tomorrow and I have a little plan. Oxlade-Chamberlain plays on the flanks now too, so if I can find an opportunity for him to play somewhere I will decide whether to do that tomorrow. It will have to be in England because he will lose the homegrown [status] if he leaves the country.
This is positive news for Wilshere and Diaby as Wenger needs the added midfield reinforcement, but still we will have to wait until March at least to see the pair in action.
Also a loan move for Ryo is definitely the best option for the lad as he has been unable to gain many mintues with the Gunners first team, and with Oxlade-Chamberlain pushing for a place not to mention the other experienced wingers, so there will be little room for Miyiachi for the remainder of this season.
Fulham were rumoured to be interested in the Japanese winger’s services, so this could be a great opportunity for the youngster to gain valuable Premier League experience and get some playing time under his belt.