Belfast Telegraph

Wenger hopeful over Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is remaining positive over Jack Wilshere's fitness.

The 20-year-old was first troubled by an ankle problem while on international duty with England last summer and, apart from a pre-season appearance in the Emirates Cup, has not played a competitive match for the Gunners this season.

Wilshere was set to return in early February, but felt pain when running in training earlier this week and will now have a series of consultations with specialists before deciding how to proceed. But Wenger has revealed it could be only a minor setback, saying: "We have no real news yet. The first news we have had is better than expected."

He added: "He is not in a boot, but I don't know more.

"His morale looks quite good and I hope it will only be a short setback. There will be more tests this week."

Wenger added: "I do not know yet when he will start training. I would not like to make any mistake in my statement because I did not speak to the medical people today."

The fitness of the combative midfielder will also be of concern to England boss Fabio Capello as he prepares for his side's Euro 2012 campaign in Poland and Ukraine this summer.


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