Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his fears regarding the return of midfielder Jack Wilshere, admitting that his recovery is going “slowly”. The 23-year-old, who has spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch in the recent years is currently recuperating from a fractured fibula sustained during the end of the season gone by.
Initially, Wilshere was believed to be out for 3 months. However, he remains out to this day, leaving his manager and fans frustrated. With Central midfield an area of concern, especially with Cazorla and Coquelin injured too, Wenger has a task at hand in the upcoming transfer window. However, the astute Frenchman was quick to add that he would rather dip his hands into the club’s academy than buy a player.
“Yes, we are a bit short – I agree with you because of the injuries we have,” Wenger said.
“But sometimes as well the solution is inside and you have to accept that because we are a club which has always given a chance to players we have educated.
Wenger went onto reveal that Wilshere is expected to be back in action before the end of February, albeit with a certain pessimism.
“I said February but honestly I don’t know,” Wenger said when asked to provide a date for the midfielder’s return.