Wilshere nears injury setback as he closes on return

Matt Stead

Jack Wilshere is closer to suffering an injury setback after Arsene Wenger said he may be considered for first-team action soon.

Wilshere has not played a single minute of Arsenal’s season after suffering a broken leg in pre-season, with the midfielder’s recovery taking far longer than expected.

The 24-year-old has been ‘three to four weeks away’ from returning for around three to four months, but manager Wenger says he is closing on a comeback.

Wilshere played the full 90 minutes of an under-21 game against Swansea earlier this week, and could be considered for the first team if he can complete another game.

“Everyone who played last week is available,” Wenger said, previewing Arsenal’s weekend match with Crystal Palace. “Wilshere and Rosicky played for the under-21s yesterday.”

Pressed on Wilshere’s return, Wenger said, of any potential return date: “I don’t know.

“He needs one more game. I will see after that how he compares to the other competitors.

“If he is ready [for Thursday in the Premier League against West Brom] then we will consider him.”