Friday, 6 April 2012
Arsenal fans will have been disappointed not to see midfielder, Jack Wilshere, in action in the Premier League this season. With the youngster nearing a return to full fitness, will he do enough to earn a place on the plane for the European Championships, this summer?
It was disappointing to hear the news that Wilshere had suffered a nasty ankle injury before the first ball was kicked in the ongoing Premier League season. The 20-year-old was injured during a pre-season tour of the United States, and has since been frustrated by setbacks, having originally been told that he would be back in the thick of the action by February.
Arsenal - and, indeed, people enjoying a bet on the Premier League - have missed Wilshere in the middle of the park. Arsene Wenger has limited options in midfield at the Emirates, this season. The Frenchman has admitted that the next few weeks will be important in the player’s recovery.
He said: "We try to keep the hope alive for him and without taking too many risks. That means we adapt day to day, to manage him, to improve his physical state and get him fit as quickly as we can without taking too big a risk, which means when he has pain, we stop him."
The big question on most peoples’ lips is: will Wilshere will be fit enough to delight fans of live football in the last few games of the season, and to push for a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad for the trip to Poland and the Ukraine this summer?
As with the Gunners, there are limited top-class players in the middle of the park for the Three Lions, and if Wilshere can get himself playing before the end of the domestic campaign, then he will certainly have a chance at the national side.