Jack Wilshere is close to making a full return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and claims he hopes to be back for our second leg clash with Barcelona in the Champions League, as reported by talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old has only just returned to any type of training, so is still several weeks away from being back in contention. He claims returning this season will be difficult, but believes he’s well on his way to an imminent return.
“It is possible [that I’ll be back for Barcelona], I mean it’s difficult to get back,” he said.
“The Premier League gets quicker and quicker and I know I’m not old but I’m different from when I was 19, it takes a little bit more time.
“But I’m training and running and hopefully I will be back.
I’m not sure how long it’s going to take because I’ve only been doing ball work for about a week. I probably need a game in the under-21s and I’ll be ready.”
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We’ve seen the impact Danny Welbeck has had upon his return, so to have more of our players return from injury would be a massive boost. Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere will hopefully be back in time to still play a major part this season, and potentially bring us silverware too.
A return to action against Barcelona is a big ask, as you really need to be at your best against the La Liga giants. Hopefully we haven’t put ourselves out of the tie by the time the second leg comes around, and we’re still in contention for the next round of the Champions League.
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Wilshere’s constant injuries have really hampered his development and meant he’s so far been unable to realise his massive potential. It would be great to see him finally overcome these issues and get a decent run in the team, but past experience makes that seem unlikely.