Arsene Wenger has confirmed Jack Wilshere will be available to make his long-awaited return to first team football this week.
Thursday’s clash against West Bromwich may come too early for the midfielder, but if he isn’t considered for the visit of the Baggies, the England international is set to be on the bench against Sunderland on Sunday.
Wilshere has played three games for the Under 21s since recovering from a broken leg and Wenger has revealed he is now ready to make his comeback.
Speaking at his press conference on Wednesday, the Gunners manager said: ‘He’s finally got 90 minutes.
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“There’s been no setback and the positives are that in every game he was sharper. He has a good basis and overall the progression should be normal.
“He’s available for selection, I don’t think tomorrow (against West Brom), but for the next game. It’s up to me whether I select him or not.”
Should Wilshere make his return to first-team action and remain fit, it is expected the playmaker will be part of England’s squad at the European Championship.
And Wenger has reiterated his belief that Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson should name the 24-year-old in his 23-man squad as long as he proves his fitness.
He added: “He has played three games already, I think physically he’s getting there. The European Championship begins June 10 so there’s still around two months.
“If you look at his fitness, in two months he should be perfectly fit. If he has no setbacks, it will not be a gamble.”