Jack Wilshere‘s fledgling career has been blighted by injuries but the Arsenal star is determined to return to his best.
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Wilshere, 23, has spent many months on the treatment table since bursting on the scene as a teenager in 2010. Multiple ankle and foot injuries have curtailed his promising career for his club side and the English national team but after missing time out last season he finished the season strong and played superbly for the Three Lions over the summer.
With the hairline fracture he suffered during preseason in his left fibula still healing, Wilshere has stepped up his rehabilitation in recent weeks but is still someway from a return as previous reports suggested he was aiming for the Boxing Day clash at Southampton on Dec. 26.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website about his recovery, Wilshere was upbeat but hesitant to say when he would be back in action.
“It’s going well. I’m working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I’ve been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I’m not going to rush it. I’ll make sure my body’s right and at the moment I’m feeling good,” Wilsher said. “Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England. Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season.
“I thought, ‘This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me’. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take.”
Wilshere has been recovering alongside Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky and when the trio return to full fitness Arsene Wenger will certainly have some tough decisions to make in terms of team selection.
In midfield Wilshere’s return to fitness could see either of Francis Coquelin or Santi Cazorla displaced, but that duo has dovetailed superbly over the past six months in a more defensive role and it would be a big call for Wenger to break up their partnership.
There’s no doubting Wilshere’s ability but with Arsenal joint-top of the Premier League after a third of the season, there are doubts over how big of a role he will play in the remaining two thirds of this campaign.