Jack Wilshere could make his return against Liverpool this weekend, and England boss Roy Hodgson claims the midfielder is fit and ready for action, the Guardian reports.
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The 23-year-old has been out injured since November, when Paddy McNair caught him with a robust challenge during our clash with Manchester United.
After recovering from the injury and returning to training, he was forced to undergo minor surgery and spent another spell on the sidelines.
He finally seems to be ready for first team action, however, and Hodgson has been assured by Wilshere himself that his ankle is now fine.
“I spoke to Jack at the Arsenal training ground the other day and he was very, very positive,” Hodgson said.
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“It was just a question of the irritation he has been feeling with the wires they put into his ankle — they have been irritating his ligament.
“He’s pretty confident that with those taken out he is going to be OK.”
The young England international has struggled with injuries throughout his career, which has caused his growth as a player to be somewhat stunted. Hopefully this will be the last of his ankle problem, and he can kick on and become the player we all know he can be.
He would be unlikely to start the game against Liverpool, even if he was fit and firing. Francis Coquelin has made the defensive midfield spot his own, with the rest of the midfield trio currently being split between Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil, and Santi Cazorla.
Wilshere will have a job ahead of him if he wants to break back into the starting XI, so remaining fit will be hugely important.