EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Jack Wilshere is expected to return from his latest injury absence in a month’s time, Football Insider sources understand.
Arsenal’s medical staff are confident the England international will be fit enough to play again by mid-September.
It is a boost to Wilshere and manager Arsene Wenger after the midfielder suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula during training the day before the Community Shield win over Chelsea.
There had been fears that Wilshere might need surgery and would face another lengthy lay-off of up to a few months.
But following further examinations Arsenal are hopeful the 23-year-old will be back playing after the September international break.
He will miss England’s next two Euro 2016 qualifiers, with San Marino and Switzerland, at the start of September but is targeting a return for his club against Stoke on 12 September.
That would mean he would only miss three more Premier League fixtures, against Crystal Palace on Sunday, the clash against Liverpool on 24 August and the trip to Newcastle on 29 August.
Wilshere’s career has been hit by a long series of injuries which have stunted his progress, mainly to his troublesome ankles.