The Arsenal and England international star Jack Wilshere must be desperate to get back out on a football pitch and start doing what he does best, for both club and country. But he also knows that he must be a little bit cautious in order to give himself the best possible chance of avoiding yet another injury setback.
This season was supposed to be a brilliant one for the talented midfielder, as he had come back with a bang towards the end of last season, scoring a few great goals for Arsenal and England and then having the best pre/season preparation that he has managed in many a year.
So to pick up another injury and a long spell in the treatment room the day before the Gunners were set to kick off the season with the Community Shield match against Chelsea at Wembley was a massive blow. It might not have helped him at the time, but at least this latest injury was not a muscular problem or a recurrence of a previous problem, but was just unlucky as he was tackled in training by Gabriel.
Wilshere has admitted that this latest knock back was really hard to take after things were looking up but he sounds a lot happier now, as the time for his comeback gets closer and closer. Jack gave Arsenal Player a very positive and encouraging update on his progress this week and although he said he would not rush his return, you can bet that he already has a date in mind.
The 23-year old said, “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.
“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.
“We all know it’s difficult and just being around other people helps. At the moment it’s me, Danny and Tomas because we’re the only ones with long-term injuries. Just being around other people, speaking to them and having a bit of banter with them helps as well.
“We’re still early in the season and the busiest part of the season is coming up. I want to be part of this team and I proved last season that I can get back and fight for a place. I know it’s not going to be easy but that’s what I want to do.”
There is talk that Wilshere could be back some time around the festive period and knowing Arsene Wenger, we probably will not know until just before he plays. I-m sure that both player and manager would love it if Wilshere could be available for the final game before christmas, because it is the small matter of the clash between the two favourites for the title.
Wouldn’t it be great if Wilshere could at least be on the bench when Man City come to London on December 21st?