Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Palace clash
Jack Wilshere could be set to make his first appearance of 2015 when Arsenal face Crystal Palace on Saturday
Jack Wilshere could make his first appearance of 2015 when Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has revealed.
The England midfielder has not featured since November after suffering an ankle injury during the defeat by Manchester United and requiring surgery.
However, the 23-year-old is now back in full training ahead of schedule and could be set to make his comeback against the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
Speaking at a news conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Friday morning, Wenger said: “Jack Wilshere could be back in the squad because he’s available again.
“He’s a bit ahead of schedule, he has worked hard and has had no big problems.”
Wenger, however, insisted that he had not yet decided whether Wilshere would start Saturday’s Premier League clash.
“I cannot tell you that [whether Wilshere will start] now,” he added. “Before the last training session, I’ve not picked the team definitely. It’s difficult to come back straight away, but what is good is that he’s already back.”
The Arsenal boss also revealed that right-back Hector Bellerin is set for a late fitness test, while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to be involved despite returning to full training this week.
“From last week maybe Bellerin will have a test today, nobody else is back,” he said.
“Chamberlain is back in full training but is a bit short to be considered.”
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is around 10 days away from a comeback as he recovers from a hamstring injury.