Wenger concedes Mertesacker season is over

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted German international defender Per Mertesacker is unlikely to play again this season, Sky Sports reports.

Mertesacker is currently on the treatment table after undergoing ankle ligament surgery in February and despite his rehabilitation going well, there is little chance of the 27 year old returning before the end of the campaign. Wenger has seen his injury problems ease in recent weeks with Andre Santos coming back from a serious ankle problem in Wednesday’s reserve team game with West Bromwich Albion. However, Mertesacker will not return until the European Championships with Germany if he is picked by coach Joachim Low.

Wenger said: “I believe Per will be out for the rest of the season. Basically, there are only six weeks to go 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.”

Midfielder Jack Wilshere could return from his season-long injury problems and is close to recovery, according to the Gunners boss. Wenger is also happy with Santos’ progress as well as Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin returning to full fitness.

“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. Andre played 60 minutes with no problem. Overall, we are getting our players back so that is positive. Abou might play in the reserves next week. Francis is two more weeks away from fitness”, Wenger said.

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