Jack Wilshere is yet to play a single game this season, having suffered an injury in training right before our Community Shield defence against Chelsea. We’ve had a real injury boost following our win over Olympiacos though, as he’s targeting a return to action before the end of the year, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The England international is apparently entering the final stages of his rehabilitation, and is on the verge of a return to full training. He’s been out for quite some time so will be severely lacking match fitness, but with a number of other players returning from injury too, we should have no problem easing him back in.
Our lack of depth has been a real concern this season, and Arsene Wenger’s hand has been forced somewhat when it comes to team selection. Wilshere is unlikely to slot straight back into the starting XI, but he’ll be an excellent rotation option.
We haven’t really had the luxury of rotation recently, which has only added to our injury woes. Hopefully that will change heading into the new year, and we can continue pushing for the Premier League title.
We’ve got a number of other injuries in midfield at the moment, with Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, and Tomas Rosicky all out of action (via Arsenal.com). Wilshere could still prove an important player for us this season, but he needs to get over his injury problems.
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The 23-year-old has threatened in the past to blossom into one of the game’s finest midfielders, but he is never going to realise his massive potential if he can’t remain fit, so fingers crossed this is the last lengthy layoff he has to endure for a long, long while.