Jack Wilshere is injured once again, and is set to miss the first few games of the new season. The Arsenal man has suffered badly with injuries throughout his career, and Arsene Wenger has taken some of the blame for his perpetual problems, as reported by the Mirror.
The Frenchman claims Wilshere will be returning to action sooner than expected, but insists he won’t rush him back either. He does admit however, that he overplayed the England international when he was younger, with the fact that he was such an exceptional talent clouding his judgement.
“I always bring him back when he says he is ready and when the fitness coaches say he has the quantity of work behind,” Wenger said.
“Jack is back in [gym] training but I thought at the start it will be 6-8 weeks but it could be 3-4 so that is positive news.
“You come back to the relationship with your fitness and medical people that is confirmed by what I see in training.
“Maybe when he was younger we overplayed him because he was such a good player but now we are cautious with him.”
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This looked set to be a huge season for Wilshere, with many hoping he would finally enjoy an injury free campaign. His quality has never been in question, but the fact that he struggles to string more than a handful of games together before being sidelined again is a real problem.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a fantastic end to the 2014/15 season, and was superb in pre-season as well. He has also been the standout performer for England in recent games, proving that he still has the potential to be the future of both club and country.
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He’s not far off becoming the next Abou Diaby though, and we need to find a way to get him over his injury issues if we are going to get the best out of him.