By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Jack Wilshere is set to make his first Bournemouth start in Saturday’s clash against Manchester City, according to a report.
The Sun report that the on-loan Arsenal midfielder will handed a place in Eddie Howe’s line-up after dampening injury fears.
It is said that the injury-prone 24-year-old was forced to undergo a precautionary scan on his left ankle on Monday.
But Wilshere, who came off the bench on 63 minutes for his debut during last week’s 1-0 win over West Brom, was able to train with his team-mates on Tuesday despite the knock.
And after feeling no ill effects, the Sun report the England international is set to be thrown into the mix from the start against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was determined not to take any risks with the star.
“With the outstanding quality he has, there’s no doubt about that,” Howe said, as quoted by the Sun. “We’d like to see him in the team as quickly as possible.
“It’s a delicate balance between rushing him into the team and the long term. We have to think of that.
“We want him to play a lot of games for us so we’ll put him in when we think it’s right.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal visit Hull for their next assignment on Saturday as they aim to build on a four-match unbeaten run, including wins in their last two league encounters.
In other Arsenal team news, this is the expected starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Hull.