Jack Wilshere claims his return from injury is going well, but he has no intentions of rushing himself back into action before he’s ready.
The 23-year-old has seen yet another season destroyed by injury, but is hoping to return soon. He’s been sidelined since the end of pre-season, with a training injury putting him out of commission for half the campaign.
He is in positive mood as he nears his return, but he knows the consequences of forcing himself back too early and is determined not to make that mistake this time around.
“It’s going well,” he told Arsenal Player.
“I’m working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I’ve been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I’m not going to rush it. I’ll make sure my body’s right and at the moment I’m feeling good.”
The England international claims this injury has been his toughest to date, especially when you consider the fine form he was in before it happened.
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“Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England. Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season.
“I thought, ‘This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me’. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take.”
Wilshere has been unable to string any significant number of games together for quite some time, as regular and consistent injuries have seen him in and out of the side. We therefore haven’t been relying on the midfielder’s involvement, but his return would be a real boost nonetheless.
We saw towards the tail end of last season just how important he can be to the side, and his fine form for club and country was hugely promising. He won’t ever progress if he can’t shake these constant injuries though, so once again we’re left hoping this one is the last.
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With our options rather limited at the moment, it would be great to see Wilshere back. It seems unlikely to happen before Christmas though, and we should see the return of a number of other injured stars before Jack.