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Jack Wilshere close to first team return

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is close to returning from his injury nightmare

He is regarded as one of the brightest young midfielders in English football.

In fact there hasn’t been an English player that has broken into a Premier League team in recent years that has got so many people excited.

Unfortunately, Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has spent a frustrating 14 months on the sidelines through various injuries.

Arsenal face German side Schalke in the Champions League tonight, but their young star won’t be risked in the European clash.

Return

The last 14 months really has been frustrating for the England international. Wilshere was expected to return earlier than he has, but he has suffered various injury setbacks which have prevented him from returning for the Gunners.

However, it now looks likely that he close to a return to the Arsenal first team squad. The 20 year-old played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s reserve team on Monday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not ruled out Wilshere returning in the Gunners Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday.

Asked if Wilshere could appear in the QPR clash Wenger told Sky Sports: “There is a chance.

“He had 90 minutes yesterday, Sagna had 90 minutes, Frimpong had 90 minutes. We’ll see how they recover.

“We are a little bit in a trap at the moment because he needs to play full games and of course, 48 hours later is too dangerous to play a player, or even put him on the bench, who has not played for such a long time.”

Cautious

I’m not surprised that Wenger and Arsenal are being cautious with Wilshere’s fitness. The young midfielder has a bright future ahead of him and after suffering previous setbacks it’s not surprising that the club are treating the youngster with care.

Arsenal has tried to rush Wilshere back into action before and it has resulted in the youngster aggravating his injury problems.

Promising

Jack Wilshere had made a very promising start to his Arsenal career, before his injury problems. He is highly-rated, but he still has a lot to prove, not least his fitness. He does have the potential to become a top class central midfielder though.

His injury-problems could stop him from developing into the player that everybody expected him to be. Hopefully that won’t happen and he will become a top player.

England

Jack Wilshere has been heralded as the great hope of the England midfield. With the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker all in their thirties Wilshere could be vital to the England cause.

Wilshere is the sort of dynamic midfielder that could drive any team on from the centre of the park. If he fulfils his potential then he could be a major star for club and country. If not then he could be yet another promising English player that never lives up to the early hype.

Optimism

From the noises coming out of Arsenal everybody is pretty optimistic that Jack Wilshere will return to the first team very soon. His return to first team action could be very good news for Arsenal and for England.

Jack Wilshere has been built up to be a world-class performer in his injury enforced absence. If the youngster lives up to the hype that was surrounding him before his injury problems then he will be one heck of a player.

Will Jack Wilshere live up to his potential?

Tue 23 October, 2012
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