Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere took another positive step on his road to recovery by assisting two goals in the Gunners’ under 21s victory over Reading, the
Wilshere has been absent for much of the last 14 months after suffering an ankle injury in May 2011, followed by major knee surgery in May this year. The 20-year-old managed 78 minutes for the young Gunners at Barnet’s Underhill ground and was instrumental in the 2-0 victory. Both goals, scored by Serge Gnabry and Chuba Akpom, were created by the England international and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that Wilshere will be back in the first team setup.
Wenger watched from the sidelines as several other first-team players began their comebacks. French international Bacary Sagna made his first start since May having recovered from his broken leg and Brazilian full-back Andre Santos, as well as midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, both completed 90 minutes. The Arsenal boss will be happy with the progress of Sagna, who was forced to miss the European Championships after his injury.
However, Wenger is cautious about rushing Wilshere back into action and will be slowly introducing Wilshere into the first-team fold.
Wenger said: “Because of his talent, you are always pushed into a situation where you would like to rush him back. When you have been out for 14 months, it takes a long time to find your sharpness. You cannot rush it.”
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