Arsene Wenger has played down fears that Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal season could be in doubt, and that he’d miss out on Euro 2016 next summer.
Reports emerged during the week, on the back of some comments from the Arsenal manager in fairness, that his return to action had been delayed indefinitely.
“He will not be back before February, that’s for sure,” he said. “I said February but honestly I don’t know. I let him do his recovery. It’s going slowly.
“Once he goes again, goes outside to train, once he is back again into sharp, hard work physically, you count five or six weeks, so at the moment he is not there yet.”
At today’s press conference he was asked again, but this time sounded more optimistic, dismissing suggestions he could miss the European Championships.
“I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “I maintain the end of February, it could be earlier that he will play again. Consider you play the European Championship on June 10, that is a long way to go.”
Let’s hope so, it’d be a real shame for him and us if he didn’t make a contribution to what is a promising season thus far.