One of the pre-match talking points before the Stoke City game last weekend was the return of three of Arsene Wenger’s core midfielders to the squad and there seems to be more good news from the treatment room with reports that Jack Wilshere is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
The England midfielder had his left ankle turned from a heavy sliding challenge by Paddy McNair in late November’s League defeat against United at the Emirates, with an earlier diagnosis set to keep him out for at least four months. A short video clip have now emerged via the 23-year old’s Instagram account of what appears to be an accelerating process of recovery, kicking a ball properly with the ill-fated left foot, although the keeper in the post was neither Szczesny nor Ospina but a kid.
Arsene Wenger has made confirmation of Wilshere’s improving condition and is already looking forward to having his Number 10 back within the next month.
“Jack is progressing quicker than expected – he could be back by the end of February” Wenger said, per the Mirror.
It means Wilshere could be in line for a place, at least, on the bench when Arsenal travel to the Principality Club for the second leg of the Round of 16 Champions League tie, or maybe not if the business has been done at the Emirates. In what seems the Gunners’ most favorable draw at this stage of the Champions League in the past five years, Wenger won’t be taking it lightly to have a strong a team as he can assemble, if not for anything, to have a good time over two legs over the club where he first learnt how to select teamsheets.
Wilshere’s ankle injury had come at a time when most thought he was getting into form and it was such a bad day that he should have got injured in that second half against United, after being guilty of spurning a glorious one-v-one in the opening quarter of the game. Four consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards for England in both Euro Qualifiers and International Friendlies and aroused talks of the return of the Wilshere who stole great occasions against Barcelona in 2011 and against Brazil at the Maracana.
This was the first season where he had really had a great pre-season and had made a bright start to the season too and as we prepare to face City this weekend, the memories of his commanding performance in the reverse fixture at the Emirates – in which in equalized and assisted Alexis’s first League goal at the Emirates – would have us wish his recovery could be accelerated a little more.
Saying that, Wenger would not want to rush him and there appears to be enough options in the side at the moment to prosecute whatever schedule we have between now and when he gets back to complete shape.
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