Jack Wilshere delivers latest Arsenal injury update

Jack Wilshere says he will not rush his return to first-team action with Arsenal after his lengthy spell on the sidelines

Jack Wilshere has insisted that he will not rush his return to first-team action with Arsenal following his lay-off due to a hairline fracture to his leg.

The England international is yet to feature this season after he suffered a minor fracture of his left leg back in August and needed surgery to remedy the problem.

Arsene Wenger recently revealed that he is hoping Wilshere will be able to make a return to first-team action with Arsenal early in the New Year.

However, the 23-year-old insists that he will make sure that he is fully fit before trying to break back into the north London side’s first team.

Wilshere told Arsenal’s website: “It’s going well. I’m working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I’ve been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I’m not going to rush it. I’ll make sure my body’s right and at the moment I’m feeling good.

“Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England. Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season.

“I thought, ‘This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me’. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take.”

Wilshere’s career has been plagued with ankle problems since he first sustained a stress fracture during pre-season in 2011, which left him our of action for 15 months.

Arsenal, who are second in the Premier League table, travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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