Having made his long-awaited comeback against QPR on Saturday, Jack Wilshere has praised the club’s medical staff for their help during his injury absence.
A stress fracture of the heel and a knee injury robbed him of 12 months+ of his career, but Wilshere was keen to give them, amongst others, props for their hard work during his recuperation.
“I have to thank all the medical staff, Declan Lynch (1st team physio) and Colin Lewin,” he said. “When you go to the training ground day after day there’s times when you don’t want to do it, especially when you see all the boys go out to training. But it’s great now to be back and hopefully I can push on from here.
“Declan came in during June when I was really down and he helped me. Things like that – it wasn’t just his rehab, it was his attitude as well, he helped pick me up.”
The midfielder was also quick to note the changes in team personnel. A lot can happen very quickly in football when he last played for us the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were mainstays in the team, now they’ve been replaced by new players but Wilshere is confident he’ll click with them soon.
“Last time I played a Premier League game, I was playing with Fabregas, Nasri and Song. They’ve all moved on and so it’s like coming into a new team.
“Mikel Arteta is a leader both on the pitch and off the pitch and he talked me through the game and I can only thank the players for helping me come through slowly and helping me do what I wanted to do.
“It’s a dream for any midfielder to link up with him (Cazorla). Even the small things, like the pace of his passes, he just understands you and it’s good to play with.”
Although he says he’s ready to play in tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup game if needed, it’s unlikely he’ll be selected with the manager ready to use him at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The re-introduction certainly won’t be frenetic, but it’s good to have him back.7,707 views