Arsenal play down Wilshere injury fears and confirm England star will be fit for Champions League run-in
16:41 GMT, 18 March 2013
17:28 GMT, 18 March 2013
Arsenal have confirmed Jack Wilshere is expected to return from an ankle in injury for their clash with Reading at the end of the month.
The England midfielder has not played since Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham and has already been ruled out of his country's crucial World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
It was claimed by some outlets that Wilshere could be missing for a further six weeks and that manager Arsene Wenger had ruled out the possibility of using him again this season.
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The club was quick to deny any such setback for the 21-year-old as he continues his rehabilitation in London.
'Nothing has changed in Jack's recovery, there’s no setback or further damage to his ankle and no concern about any long-term problems,' said an Arsenal spokesperson.
'Jack was told to rest and we are still on course for him to resume training and be available for selection for the home game against Reading.'
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Reading (H) – March 30West Brom (A) – April 6 Norwich (H) – April 13Everton (H) – April 16Fulham (A) -April 20Man United (H) – April 28QPR (A) – May 4Wigan (H) – May 12Newcastle (A) – May 19
The news will come as a relief for Gunners fans who are well acquainted with the fitness issues that have plagued Wilshere for the past two years.
What should have been a routine operation on his right ankle in 2011 forced him to miss 17 months of action after suffering various setbacks on his road to recovery.
Arsenal's win at Swansea on Saturday has thrown Wenger's side back into the mix of teams challenging for fourth place and entry into the Champions League next season.
The Gunners currently lie four points behind North London rivals Spurs with a game in hand.
If Wilshere progresses as Arsenal expect then he will be available for the run-in as Arsenal look to salvage their season following another campaign without a trophy.