Jack Wilshere is hoping for a return to the Arsenal first team this weekend against Crystal Palace.
The midfielder has been out of action since November after a reckless challenge from Manchester United’s Paddy McNair left him with serious ankle ligament damage.
With surgery and the resulting rehab keeping him on the sidelines for almost three months.
The 23 year old returned to full team training last week but despite suggestions he could feature on the bench against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, Arsene Wenger ruled him out until at least this week.
The London Evening Standard reports that Wilshere has trained once again this week and feels he is now ready to play for the first team.
It is, however, unclear whether the manager will gamble on starting a player who is unlikely to be match ready after such an extended period out.
The return of Jack is potentially a headache solver with both Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still out injured with no return date yet set.
The fixture list is starting to get increasingly congested with the return of Champions League football next week and you’d expect squad rotation to be paramount to our success.