Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is closing in on an imminent return to first-team action after he completed 90 minutes for the reserves yesterday.
Wilshere starred in the 4-1 victory over Stoke City, alongside Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby, and is targeting to return in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading in two weeks.
The England international, who has had two operations since being sidelined in November, spoke to Arsenal’s official website after the game and said:
“You can train as much as you like but you can’t get that match fitness unless you play,”
“I feel like I’m ready to play some part. When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time.
“The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final [against Reading on 18 April] but even before that we’ve got big games and we’ve got to go to Manchester United as well [on 17 May] so there’s a chance to play this season.”
Arsenal’s run-in features key games against Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as the FA Cup encounters, which means the return of Wilshere will be a major boost.
Would Wilshere currently get into the starting eleven though?