Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfielder Jack Wilshere may not be fit and ready for selection until the middle of March.
The Frenchman said in December that Wilshere would be ready by February. However, Arsenal may not want to rush him back into playing first-team football in case more injury problems arise.
The 24-year-old has had several problems with his ankles over the last few years, something which he is currently injured due to. His ankle injuries date back to October in 2009, where in August 2011, he was out of the squad for over a year with injury problems.
Wenger, as reported by the Mail Online, confirmed that Wilshere is back and running.
Jack is starting to run. 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.
England boss Roy Hodgson has reportedly planned to involve Wilshere in training sessions with the England squad in February in preparation for the Euro 2016 tournament, however, he may not be able to train as normal.
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Arsenal have, however, been boosted by the returns of Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin, who have all come back to training after being injured.
The Gunners’ only injury problem alongside Wilshere is Santi Cazorla, and the Spaniard is due to be back at the end of March, slightly after Wilshere is expected to return.