Jack Wilshere set for Arsenal comeback
April 4, 2012
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After bursting onto the scene in the 2010-11 season and carrying Arsenal’s midfield in the absence of a largely injured Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere was set to be one of the brightest stars of this year’s campaign and be given an even larger role at the Emirates. However, his last appearance in a Gunners shirt was in the pre season tournament, the Emirates Cup, where he aggravated an injury sustained during an international friendly. He suffered through surgery and a subsequent set-back, but is now set to play in a friendly against Birmingham reserves this week, marking a major step towards his recovery.
Manager Arsene Wenger spoke of Jack before the Aston Villa fixture, saying: “Wilshere is back with the ball and for us that is a huge step. Today we can say if all goes well now in three weeks he will be back with the squad. Then another two weeks to get fit. I don’t have to hold him back yet because at the moment he suffers a lot for fitness. But after three weeks we’ll have to.
“I think he will play this season if he has no setbacks now. His last scan was positive, so he should be capable to play.”
With Euro 2012 and the Olympics both looming, it is widely believed that Jack would first have to make a comeback in an Arsenal shirt before being selected. For Arsenal, who have a crucial end of season to secure a Champions League spot, and England who hope to bolster their outside chances of success at this year’s Championships, the fitness of the young creative midfielder is essential.
Elsewhere around the club, loanee Carlos Vela has expressed his desire to stay at Real Sociedad after never truly settling in the English capital, since joining the club in 2005. Also, another Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi has been complemented by Theo Walcott as he told Arsenal.com: “The way he is playing, there are full backs out there now who are thinking ‘I don’t want to play against him this week’.” And backed the Japanese youngster to challenge for a first team spot at the Emirates next term.