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Wilshere boost for Arsenal

2012-09-20 17:59

London - Jack Wilshere returned to full training with Arsenal on Thursday for the first time in 14 months, signalling an end to the injury problems that have plagued one of England's brightest young talents.

The 20-year-old midfielder was sidelined for the whole of last season with ankle, foot and heel injuries, forcing him to miss the summer's European Championship.

"It's been 14 months and that's a long time for someone at his age," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "It's an eternity, but it's great news.

"We have to give him a few training sessions to see how he copes and responds to it. That's the delicate, sensitive stage."

An explosive and creative ball-player, Wilshere burst onto the scene in the 2010-11 season, becoming a regular starter for Arsenal and breaking into the England team. He has only played five times for the national team but is already regarded as an integral part of its midfield.

In a further boost to Arsenal, which has started the season impressively by winning its opening Champions League match and remaining unbeaten after four Premier League games, Emmanuel Frimpong also resumed training this week after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury sustained in February.

Both Wilshere and Frimpong would provide competition for Santi Cazorla, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta, who currently occupy Arsenal's three central-midfield positions.

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Comments
  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-20 21:10

    Good news for the Gunners.Soon Rosicky and Frimpong will be fit...future looks good

  • Jacques - 2012-09-21 09:22

    All of a sudden we have too many midfielders, as Gunner said- Rozicky and Wilshere to return... Who do you leave out? Probably Diaby for Wilshere with Rozicky on the bench for Arteta, those two can carry the burden of the season together. Frimpong to start in Cup matches to give Cazorla a break here and there... In Arsene we trust!

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