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.
Massive LANS. Probably the LANSiest of all LANS.
Sounds like a LANS
He’s gonna be a LANS for us next year. English national team are the real beneficiaries.
LANS is an outdated term pals. Wenger said ‘The window for us is Indernal’. So IT is the word. Welcome our second Internal Transfer after Gibbs.
Where’s the news on our other LANS Jenkinson? He was recently talking about looking forward to coming back soon – “.. Every time I pull on an Arsenal shirt it’s an honour.”
I really like this kid.
Don’t forget the 2 or 3 weeks training and fitness period.Doubt he will return before April.
Enough games to warm up for the Euros though….
He was having training before the setback so I think he’ll be back quicker than that.
He just started to run and felt pain.Think it may take a few weeks.
thankfully with the form of kos and tv being good and the return of gibbs, the manager isn’t a pauper when it comes to choosing a defence
his ankle’s red, Merte is blue, if you think so is Arsene, then that would be kinda true
Fingers crossed that the Stadium of Trenches (oops, Light) doesn’t do any more damage this weekend.
With Jack’s return and Rosicky’s recently improved form we’ll have a whole lot of competition for places in midfield. I guess that Song will, if fit, start most of the games, as he offers something different to the team. That would leave Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Coquelin and Benayoun [and Diaby, haha 🙁 ] fighting for 2 places.
Looks very promising to me, quality and quantity wise.
PS: Get well soon Per!
Oh that’s just ‘per’ for the course that is, just ‘per’fect! May as well ‘jack’ it all in! We’ll ‘shire’ to finish outa the top 4 now? (I am so clever……, and bored)
Oh jesus wept…
And here I was thinking those Germans were top at construction. Poor work on Pers ankle!
Poor work by the ground crew at the Stadium of Light…. I mean divets.
Just rub some nutella on it and get back in the game.
In all seriousness, get well soon Per and Jack!
Is this because RvP is fully fit ? what did we do ?
Wonderful news, making young Jack more LANS than Henry LANSbury returning from a longterm injury picked whilst on a longterm loan somewhere… Its high time Jack makes the Grove his “shire”, and there´s no denying the future is bright for the midfield. I see Vela scored again for Real Sociedad last night. A swap deal involving Pardo or Griezmann will do nicely, thank you. We could also do with looking at Athletic Bilbao for new signings, they´re having a cracking season with Llorente, Muniain and Javi Martinez catching the eye. And they breed ´em tough up there, so no chance… Read more »
Fernando Llorente in particular has been absolutely dynamite this year. If we could snag 4th spot, a chance at playing as the number two man to the newly signed (hopes) RVP could be offset by a champions league position. I’d take Llorente over Podolski anyway.
We would then also have the most talented man named Fernando in the Premier League…
Any good news about Jack is good news for everyone.
And although we all want him available as soon as possible, I’d rather he wasn’t rushed. Better to have him fully fit for April and May, than back in March for a fortnight.
If he’s available for our ‘run in’ this could turn out to be a season to remember.
“We go cautiously step-by-step because we tried to push him back quicker in the first instance and he had a setback.”
I think this is hardly the thing you should be saying if your club’s medical staff is much maligned. Why did they push him so hard that he had another setback (i.e. another stress fracture)? Does this kind of stuff ever happen at, say, Manchester United (Hargreaves excepted)?
I wonder how Mikey Owen’s doing…
Yes! Yes! Yes! Can’t wait for the Coq to penetrate and explode all over those sp*rs c*nts ….oh whoops. this is about jack huh? sorry.
could’ve made a jack off joke. Never mind.
Jack the ox’s coq
Spurs = cock on their shirt
Arsenal = shirt on their Coq
Return of the Bac swiftly (ish) followed by return of the Jack…great news,now all we need is that shower from Enfield to have their annual meltdown/fuck up/lasagna overdose & everyone’s happy!
So basically they were lying a couple of months ago when they said it was “unbelievable how quickly Jack heals” and that as usual they rushed his treatment in an effort to get him back on the field. Perhaps if we just spent some money on more depth we wouldn’t have to be relying so much on a 19 year old with one season to his name. This is the problem with the way we are doing things always trying to get by with “just enough”. I’m very disappointed about hearing this. It doesn’t matter how good the facilities and… Read more »
We Need the Jack back…..Jack jack shine your light