Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been given a huge fitness boost after he was told he could make a return to action within a month, The Sun reports.
The England international suffered a hairline fracture in training last weekend (via BBC), and Wenger has admitted that Wilshere is in low spirits following his latest injury setback.
However, the latest assessment on his injury from the club’s medical staff has the midfielder returning in just two weeks time.
“Jack of course is feeling down but he had some good news yesterday that has helped him to cope with it,” he said.
“It is a straightforward bone injury with no surprises.
“He just needs time to heal and the news we got yesterday was that it could be much shorter than we expected because he is a two weeks in a protective boot and maybe after that he can practice straight away again.
“How long before he will be available again? I count four weeks.
“When you play football you never get used to your body letting you down. It’s always mentally difficult when you cannot get up in the morning and play.
“The positive thing for Jack is that this hairline crack is not a recurrence of one of his former injuries so the history doesn’t play a big part in his head when he comes back.
“He will play with the same confidence and desire as before.”
Wenger does have other injury concerns to contend with, too, as Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky will both be missing for the club’s Premier League opener against West Ham United on Sunday.
Forward Alexis Sanchez will also miss the meeting with The Hammers due to his exploits with the Chilean national side in the Copa America.
He has only just returned to training this week, but Wenger confirmed that he would likely make his way back into first team action in around 10 days time (via ESPN).
With injuries already building up, Wenger could be best advised to make a dip into the transfer market to bolster his squad. If he is serious about making a title challenge, he’ll know better than anyone that he won’t achieve his goals with such a thin team.
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