Arsene Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere could be back in a month’s time if he doesn’t have any further setbacks.
The England international who has been out since pre-season after having ankle surgery had been penciled in for a return in February before a further scan revealed a new stress fracture. Despite news of the injury, Arsenal were quick to make clear that the problem would not rule their midfielder out for the rest of the season; a state of affairs which Wenger has been confident to reassert.
Speaking to the BBC ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League showdown with AC Milan, Wenger revealed:
“Jack can be back within a month if all goes well. The recovery of his latest problems looks very good. The latest scan was very positive
“We go cautiously step-by-step because we tried to push him back quicker in the first instance and he had a setback. So this time we have to be cautious and not go too quick.
“He can be back before then end of the season, of course.”
While the news appears to be positive about Wilshere, Wenger was less enthusiastic about Per Mertesacker’s short-term chances of recovery. Confirming the German will be out for at least a month after twisting his ankle in Saturday’s win at Sunderland, the boss lamented:
“He had a reconstruction of his ankle in Germany before he joined us and the scan didn’t look to positive yesterday [Monday].
“He went back to Germany to consult the specialist to see where we go from there and he is supposed to contact me this afternoon to tell me exactly what the specialist told him.
“Certainly in the next month he will not be with us.”
Arseblog News hopes both men spend their Valentine’s evening smothered in horse placenta.