Jack Wilshere has been out of action for the entire season, but finally looks set to make his return. The England international is apparently going to feature for the U21s this Friday, easing himself back into things after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, as reported by the Daily Mail.
While it’s great that Wilshere is on the mend, this could potentially have come at a bad time. The fact that he’s making his return now means he’s likely to be in contention for a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England squad this summer, and that much stress could potentially exacerbate his issues. It would be far better for his England career if he was able to get a real rest this summer, and return fully fit for the 2016/17 campaign.
Unfortunately, Hodgson has stressed how key he feels Wilshere is to England’s success (via the Daily Mail), and suggested that as long as the 24-year-old was fit he’d be considered for a place in the squad.
Arsene Wenger will obviously have his say, but after so long out a chance to play for England might prove too difficult for the midfielder to turn down.
Provided Wilshere doesn’t suffer another set-back – a real possibility with Arsenal – then he should feature for the senior team at least once or twice before the end of the campaign. If he does then it’s hard not to see him getting an England call-up, but hopefully it doesn’t prove detrimental to his Arsenal career.
Wilshere is feircely patriotic, but he really needs to put his club career ahead of international glory. He’s never going to fully realise his massive potential if he can’t stay fit, and he really can’t afford another season like the one just gone.
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It would be great to see him recapture the form he was showing before his injury – with the academy graduate adding goals to his game and becoming the complete midfielder – but hopefully it’s for Arsenal rather than England.