Arsene Wenger has revealed he has reassured England boss Roy Hodgson that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit and ready to go at this summer’s European Championship.
The 24-year-old has not played for the Gunners this season having suffered a broken leg on the eve of the new campaign.
Wilshere has endured a torrid time with injuries over the previous three years, with a number of ankle issues keeping him largely on the sidelines.
But Wenger, speaking ahead of the Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night, played down suggestions Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery and has spoken to Hodgson about a player both managers admire greatly.
“No. That is the wrong information,” Wenger replied when asked about a potential delay in Wilshere’s return.
“He is looking good. I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well. I’m cautious but I will say (he will be back in) four weeks.”
Even if Wilshere returns at the end of February, he faces an uphill challenge to be both fit and in-form in time for England’s opening Euro 2016 clash against Russia on June 11, with friendlies against Germany and Holland coming in March.
His Arsenal and England colleague Danny Welbeck is in a similar position, as is Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge – but the trio are likely to be afforded as much time as possible to prove their fitness.