Jack Wilshere has returned to football, playing for just over an hour during Arsenal U21s game with West Brom this afternoon.
The midfielder hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since limping out of the Emirates Cup last July, and his last competitive game for the club was in May 2011 when Arsenal drew 2-2 with Fulham on the final day of the season.
Since then he’s had surgery on both the original ankle problem and a subsequent knee injury, all of which has kept him out of the game for far too long.
From what we can gather via the updates provided by @ArsenalLive, Wilshere played well but showed obvious signs of rustiness. He did create a good chance for Nico Yennaris in the first half, but today was not about what he can produce on the pitch. It was about getting him back in an Arsenal shirt and playing football again.
Arsene Wenger will wait and see if he suffers any reaction but it will take a few more reserve appearances before he can be considered for first team action again.
However, all going well it’s not inconcievable that he could return towards the end of the month with homes games against Schalke and QPR a possibility but the away trip to Reading in the Capital One Cup most likely.