No date for Wilshere return, confirms Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he cannot put a date on when midfielder Jack Wilshere will be available after an ankle injury forced the England international out of the Gunners’ Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund, ESPN has reported.

Wilshere did not travel with the Arsenal squad to Germany and also missed the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday as Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League. Wenger could not predict when Wilshere would return to fitness but did suggest it would be a matter of weeks rather than days.

[Wilshere] has not travelled and I will know more on Thursday when we have another test,” Wenger said. “If that is not successful he will be out for Sunday. If he is out on Sunday he will be out for England [internationals] as well.

Wenger recently revealed Wilshere’s fitness is judged on a game-by-game basis after the 21-year-old’s history of long-term injuries. He missed the entire 2011-12 season with an on-going ankle injury and did not play for the Arsenal first team until October 2012, missing a total of 14 months, with the 2012 Olympics in London and the European Championships of the same year also passing Wilshere by because of his fitness troubles.

In total Wilshere has played 112 times for Arsenal – as well as 14 appearances on loan at Bolton Wanderers – and scored seven goals, notching once for the Trotters. He made his first team debut in the 2008-09 season and has 15 games and two goals to his name so far in the current campaign.

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