Jack Wilshere is yet to play a single game this season after suffering an injury in training during pre-season, but is finally set to make a return to action this week, according to the Daily Star.
The England international was injured by Gabriel Paulista during training right before our Community Shield victory over Chelsea, and set-back after set-back meant he has been unable to make his return until now.
The report suggests he’s set to turn out for the U21s this Friday against Newcastle, giving him the match fitness he needs to return to the senior side.
Not only will it be a huge boost to have Wilshere back in contention for a starting spot, the player himself will also be looking to prove his fitness ahead of the Euro 2016 Championships this summer. He’s shown that he’s absolutely key to England’s success over the years, as Roy Hodgson doesn’t really have many decent options in midfield. It wouldn’t necessarily be in Arsenal’s best interest to rush him back in time for England duty, but it’s hard to see him turning down the chance to play in France if he’s offered a place on the plane.
Before his injury Wilshere was looking better than ever, and for both club and country he’d been adding goals to his game. This was arguably the one thing that had really been holding him back in the past, and if he can continue in the same vein when he returns then he could find himself straight back in the side.
He’ll have some real competition after being out for so long, with Mohamed Elneny in particular really nailing down his place alongside Francis Coquelin.
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A lack of squad depth has been a real issue for us this season though, so regardless of whether he’s starting or not, it will still be fantastic to have the 24-year-old available for selection during the last few games of the campaign – and hopefully the start of the next one too.