Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest news about Jack Wilshere is positive, but says his return to first team action is still some way away.
Jack has missed the whole of the season thus far with an ankle injury which required surgery back in September. He then suffered a further stress fracture to his heel in January when on the verge of getting back to full training, forcing another period of rest and rehabilitation.
“We have good news but Jack isn’t close to a comeback,” said the boss. “The last scan was good and he can start to jog again so he is on the way back – but we have to be very cautious with him.
“I hope to have him back before the end of the season, but we go step by step.”
There are those who say Euro 2012 is a realistic target for Wilshere but Arseblog News could not care less about his involvement with the England team. Seeing him in red and white is far more important and you have to hope that any selection for England is based on him proving his fitness with us first.
Meanwhile, Abou Diaby, who lasted just 28 minutes of his latest comeback, came off due to a ‘tight hamstring’ and not because of a recurrence of his ankle problems. It means he’s unlikely to play against AC Milan on Tuesday night although his presence in the squad would be a boost due to the injury suffered by Mikel Arteta (GBH), and the fact that Coquelin and Frimpong are missing through hamstring and cruciate injuries respectively.
There are doubts over Kieran Gibbs and Yossi Benayoun too as the manager looks to find a team that will balance our need to prove something against Milan with the need to rest certain players ahead of a taxing league schedule.