Aaron Ramsey is delighted to see Jack Wilshere put his injury troubles behind him and get back to first team football with Arsenal.
The Welshman suffered similarly, but far more traumatically, spending close to 12 months out after having his leg Shawcrossed, and he knows how hard it is not to be playing.
Speaking in today’s Sun, he said, “He had been out for a bit longer than me and had some complications. He is a very determined character and I thought he came through everything well and hopefully he can now stay injury free.
“Jack likes to work a lot on certain things. He is often the first in to training so he can put the time in. He puts in a lot of hours trying to get in the best shape and hopefully he can get the rewards for his hard work.
“People do not always see what goes on behind the scenes. In my case, there were too many people to name. It is not nice to be out for a long time. You only realise how much football means to you when you are not playing.
“I had a couple of conversations with Jack while he was still recovering from his injuries and he always remained very positive. Very upbeat.”
And Ramsey, who has struggled to find form this season, has urged fans to get behind the team and that players know when they’re not playing as well as they should.
“The fans let you know when someone is not doing the right thing but they have to be patient and get behind the team and individuals.
“They have to realise that. It can be such a massive help. I have played wide a few times. It is not my position but I was asked to do a job there.
“I have got my confidence back and I feel sharper. If I carry on improving, I will become a better player.”