Jack Wilshere has once again been out for the entire season through injury, but the England international is set to return to training next week ahead of his hopefully imminent comeback, as reported by the Mirror.
We’ve had to do without a number of key players this season, with injuries yet again crippling our squad. With the number of injury prone players we have at the club it’s hardly a surprise at this point, but it’s disappointing that the likes of Jack Wilshere seem to be nearing Abou Diaby level injury status.
The 24-year-old still looks likely to play a part this season though, and plans to be available for the last six Premier League games of the season (via the Mirror). This would see him back in time for our trip to West Ham on April 9th, and would mean he would get a few games under his belt before what could prove to be a massive game against Manchester City on May 7th.
Having spent so long on the sidelines, it will naturally take Wilshere a while to readjust. He should play a game or two with the U21s before returning to the first team, and before that he’ll no doubt be put through his paces in training.
Although you’d argue Wilshere is no longer a key part of our setup – with constant injuries forcing us to do without him – it would still be a huge boost to have him back. Arsene Wenger seems to find a place for him whenever he’s fit, and when he’s on form it’s easy to see why. He’s always been supremely talented and slotted perfectly into the Arsenal style, and the fact that he was adding goals to his game before his latest injury meant he really was a superb addition to the side.
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It would be great to see him back before the end of the season, although if he comes back too soon he’ll be wanting to head to the Euros with England, which could end up causing another injury rather than giving him the rest he needs.