Arsene Wenger says he expects Jack Wilshere to be part of Arsenal’s tour of Scandinavia next week despite the midfielder picking up a knee problem in the US.
Wilshere was not in the squad for the 3-1 win over Chivas on Sunday, and the Arsenal manager explained his absence afterwards.
“Jack has a slight problem with his knee,” he said. “We think he should not be very long, he should come back quickly. Maybe next week.”
Asked if it was a recurrence of one of the injuries that has plagued him in recent times, the Frenchman played down those fears.
“No, it’s a slight patella problem,” he said, “but I think he should be with us on the tour on Thursday.”
The Gunners take on Viking FK at the Viking Stadion in Stavanger on Friday August 5th, before facing Man City on Sunday August 7th at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg.
Hopefully Wilshere will make it, but there’s always that part of you that worries every time he picks up a knock.
This time last year, almost to the day, Arsene Wenger said of the 24 year old after he suffered an injury in training, “We don’t think it’s bad at all but I haven’t been told whether it will be two days or five days.
“I don’t know how long he will not be available for. It’s a matter of days.”
Wilshere next played for Arsenal on April 24th. Fingers crossed this time it’s as short-term as he says.