Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere will not feature against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, and it will take a while before our no.10 regains his competitive edge.
Wilshere has been out since November with an ankle injury following that horrific challenge by Paddy McNair, and many expected him to make his return this weekend.
It was thought that the injury would keep him out until late February – early March; but Wilshere’s determination means he’s fully fit way ahead of schedule.
Any anticipation for his awaited return must drag on however, with the boss confirming that he isn’t likely to be involved on Sunday.
“He hasn’t played one minute for three months and it will take him a while to get back to the top level again,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“To lose [Aaron] Ramsey now, you cannot say because Wilshere is back we have replaced one player with another. Wilshere has worked very hard in a committed and focused way but he lacks competition.”
When asked if he was likely to give Wilshere that competition on Sunday, Wenger replied: “No, no.”
Although you never want to see your players injured, Wilshere’s recovery means the impact of Ramsey’s absence won’t be felt as much. The boss believes the Englishmen isn’t ready to return and be competitive just yet, but he should be back in action soon.
Wilshere can only regain that edge by playing games, which should mean an imminent return to the team for our academy graduate.