Jack Wilshere’s return from injury is now not expected until mid-March as complications from the broken leg he suffered in pre-season delay his comeback.
The midfielder was injured on the eve of the Community Shield in August, and even with surgery was earmarked for a return to first team action before the end of the year. Indeed, in December he was, apparently, close to playing again before suffering a little setback.
At the time, Arsene Wenger said he hoped he’d be back in February, but in an update yesterday it seems that we won’t see him in red and white again until mid-March at the earliest.
“Jack is starting to run,” he said. “Once you move out, from the first day, you count six weeks to be competitive and build up stamina and intensity. You need six weeks to be ready fitness-wise.”
It’s a blow for him and for Arsenal, and it feels more and more like the signing of Mohamed Elneny was made to fill the gap that Wilshere has left in the squad.
Wenger spoke about the Egyptian midfielder’s qualities, saying, “He’s not a powerhouse, he’s more of a mobility player. That’s why I think he can suit our game.
“Winning the ball is not only down to power, it’s about switching on at the right moment. It’s a technique.
“You have players who are muscular and they lose fights against small players who are very slim because the smaller players are able to switch on at the right moment.
“It’s a real technique to know when to switch on. I remember small defensive midfielders who were unbelievable defensively. They had that kind of technique.”
The 23 year old is set to make his debut today in the FA Cup, so we’ll get a better idea of what he’s like later on.