Thursday, September 20, 2012


Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has handed Arsene Wenger a massive boost by joining his team-mates for training.

The 20-year-old has been plagued by ankle, foot and knee problems and has not played since July 2011.

Wilshere has now stepped up his recovery by taking a full part in training.

Wilshere's agent tweeted: 'Delighted to say that Jack Wilshere was back in full 1st team training today.
'Understandably he is a very excited young man today.'

Wenger told the official Arsenal website: 'We are so pleased that Jack is back in full training. It’s been 14 months and that’s a long time for someone at his age. It’s an eternity, but it’s great news.

Wenger could now play Wilshere in either a specially arranged, training ground friendly or the Gunners Under 21 side's fixture against West Bromwich on October 1 or Reading seven days later as the club look to give him much-needed game time.

Despite Wilshere's promising progress, his manager will continue to take a cautious approach towards the return of his influential midfielder.

The youngster has been pencilled in for a return to first-team action towards the end of next month and the club seem determined to resist any temptation to rush Wilshere back before then.

Even though Alex Song left for Barcelona, Wenger still has an abundance of central-midfield options with Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin all vying for first-team starts.

Also, Emmanuel Frimpong is back in training after he recovered from Injury and Wenger is excited.

'We also have Emmanuel Frimpong who has returned to full training this week, which is great news as well. Emmanuel has also been out a long time, but is progressing well.' Wenger said.

The club's once lengthy injury list is now starting to clear up, with Tomas Rosicky, Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna as well as Wilshere,  all close to first-team returns.


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