The Christmas period is always one of the busiest of the campaign, and results around this time of the year can really shape a season. It’s unfortunate therefore, that Arsene Wenger has confirmed there is “no chance” of Jack Wilshere being fit before the end of December, as reported by Arsenal.com.
The manager was less than positive about the England international’s chances of recovery, and suggested it would be at least January by the time we see him back in action.
“If you ask me if he will be fit before the end of December, no chance,” he said.
Wilshere recently suggested he was targeting a return before the end of the year (via the Daily Mail), and was confident his rehabilitation was going well. Wenger clearly doesn’t share the young star’s optimism however, and has disappointingly dashed our hopes.
It’s not like Wilshere would come straight back into the starting XI anyway, but it would still be a huge boost to have him back. Injuries have devastated our squad this season, and the more depth Wilshere would provide would be welcome.
From Wilshere’s points of view, he will obviously want to be back playing football. Euro 2016 is going to be at the back of his mind, as if fit he’s one of the first names on the Three Lions teamsheet.
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The 23-year-old is the only player who has successfully operated deep in midfield for England in recent years, and Roy Hodgson really has no other options in that position. Wilshere has also begun adding goals to his game as well, so it’s hard to see him being overlooked for this summer’s tournament.
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It’s far more important that he returns to action for Arsenal though, as we so desperately want to see him fulfill his potential. At the end of last season he was performing phenomenally and we were really getting the best out of him. He went on to enjoy a superb pre-season, which made it even worse when he suffered his injury right before the start of the campaign.
Hopefully Wenger is wrong, and Wilshere gets to play his first game of the season before 2016 rolls around.