Arsene Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere’s latest scan results provide further evidence that he is making a full recovery from his ankle problems, although the boss has again refused to be drawn on a return date for the young midfielder.
Giving an update to Arsenal.com about the England dynamo’s fitness, the Frenchman revealed:
“Jack’s scan was positive. There is no problem, it is normal evolution and he is continuing his progression. It’s too early to fix a date though, we go day by day with him.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal fans will get a glimpse of Wilshere in the red and white before the end of the season, although one man who definitely won’t feature until next term is Per Mertesacker.
Having turned his ankle against Sunderland, and subsequently undergone surgery, the German centre-back looks likely to spend the final six weeks on the sidelines before making a push for involvement in Joachim Loew’s Euro 2012 squad.
“I believe Per will be out for the rest of the season,” continued Wenger. “Basically there are only six weeks to go [this season] so I don’t think he’ll be sharp enough to come back and play. He would need to train and get back to full fitness.”
In further fitness news, Andre Santos came through last night’s 3-0 Reserve win over West Bromwich Albion with no problems and will be available for Wednesday’s clash with Everton, while Abou Diaby is set to play for the second string next week against Liverpool as he attempts a comeback from a hamstring problem. Francis Coquelin remains at least a fortnight from returning.