Premier League has missed Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, says Mark Hughes

QPR manager Mark Hughes believes the English top flight has been "a lesser league" during Jack Wilshere's absence with injury

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Jack Wilshere missed the whole of the 2011-12 season through injury Photo: Nike

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Mark Hughes believes the English top flight has been “a lesser league” during Jack Wilshere’s long injury lay-off but hopes the Arsenal midfielder will not make his eagerly-anticipated comeback against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Wilshere completed his second 90-minute run out with Arsenal’s Under-21 side on Monday as he continued his rehabilitation from the ankle and knee injuries which have kept the England international out of action for the past 14 months.

The QPR manager described the Arsenal youngster as an exciting talent but the Welshman hopes Wilshere’s potential impact against a winless Hoops side at The Emirates will be minimal.

“He’s an outstanding young player and the league’s been a lesser league with his ability missing,” said Hughes. “Everybody misses watching his talent.

“But obviously from my own selfish point of view as an opposition manager, ideally I would have hoped he would have been one week away from returning.

“But it seems that he played during the week with a view to being involved in our game. We’ll see if he makes an appearance.

“But everyone is pleased – he’s a young man who seemed to have the world at his feet and he’s had a setback with the injury and the amount of time he’s been out.”

Hughes and Arsène Wenger have a heated history, with the Welshman left fuming when the Arsenal manager refused to shake his hand after the Gunners lost to Manchester City in the Carling Cup in 2009.

However, the Hoops manager dispelled any rumours of a rift between him and his Arsenal counterpart and insists he is relishing the prospect of outwitting one of the Premier League’s top managers.

“I don’t think I’ve had any disagreements with him,” he added.

“I may have questioned how long he’s thrown the ball back into play a couple of times but I’ve got the utmost respect for Arsène Wenger.

“But whenever you come up against one of the best managers in the league it’s a huge test and I’m looking forward to the challenge of going up against one of the outstanding managers of our time.”

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