Wilshere’s Arsenal return could come against Norwich

Jack Wilshere could be part of the Arsenal squad that travels to Carrow Road to meet Norwich City on Saturday, the Daily Mail has reported.

The England midfielder has missed more than a year of football after a series of serious injuries, including complaints in his foot and knee. But the player’s agent wrote on Twitter that Wilshere would travel with the Gunners to Norwich, although in what capacity is not yet clear.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has continually stressed the need to avoid asking too much of Wilshere too soon, recently putting Wilshere’s match fitness at no better than 80% despite a number of games for the Arsenal U-21 side, including a full 90 minutes in midweek against Chelsea in a behind-closed-doors game.

Wenger added that Wilshere needs one more second string appearance to his name before he can truly be considered as ready to return, with Arsenal’s U-21s due to play on Monday. Wenger said: “ Do you know what that is like, 14 months out of competition? Jack works very hard, he is doing well, but let’s not go too far.

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