Jack Wilshere is aiming to be fit in time for the first day of pre-season training on July 9th as he continues his rehabilitation following a long-term ankle problem which has kept him sideline for the whole of the 2011/12 campaign.
Speaking to Alan Brazil on talkSPORT radio, the 20-year-old central midfielder, admitted that the last ten months have been exceptionally frustrating but made clear that, aside from a couple of minor setbacks, his troublesome joint is fully healed.
“It’s been a frustrating year for me personally and I’m glad it’s over now so I can just concentrate on getting fit for pre-season and start again.
“To be honest with you, my ankle’s fine now and I was training towards the end of the season and looking forward to the Euros, then I had a couple of niggles and ran out of time.
“I got a few niggles, which is normal coming back from injury. I’m in everyday from 9am until 3pm trying to get fit for the start of pre-season.
“That’s the aim really, we’ll have to see how it goes and [hopefully] on the 9th July I’ll be training with the team.”
It remains to be seen if Team GB boss Stuart Pearce selects Wilshere for inclusion in his Olympics squad, although with the youngster unlikely to have kicked a ball in anger by the time the tournament gets going in late July it appears increasingly improbable.
Fingers crossed one of our brightest prospects can return in August, all guns blazing.