By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Roy Hodgson has been assured by Arsenal’s medical team that Jack Wilshere is closing in on a first-team comeback.
Arsene Wenger claimed on Friday that the injury-plagued midfielder will be sidelined for “another three to four weeks” after his comeback from injury was once again postponed.
But England manager Hodgson has been assured by Arsenal that Wilshere is close to full fitness and that he will be available for selection for Euro 2016.
“We believe that he’s quite close now,” Hodgson told TalkSPORT on Tuesday afternoon. “He’s being monitored and both he and Arsenal are being careful with a view to the Euros coming up, that he is 100 per cent before they take a chance on him playing.
“Our information coming from Arsenal through the doctors is that he will be back in time.”
Injury-plagued Wilshere has not kicked a ball for Arsenal all season after suffering a hairline fracture of his left fibula in training on the eve of the Gunners’ Community Shield clash against Chelsea.
The 24-year-old had initially been expected to return from a fractured shin around Christmas but he has suffered a series of setbacks.
Hodgson is in no doubt about Wilshere’s calibre and hinted that he will fast-track the Arsenal man back into the national team.
“His past performances merit a place in the squad, although of course I cannot guarantee a place in the squad,” the England manager explained. “He played four matches in a row and was man of the match each time. The opposition changed the way they played because of Jack.
“I can’t say if he will be back in time and 100 per cent fit. We’ve got a bit of time, plenty of Premier League matches to see before May 12.”
In other Arsenal injury news, Santi Cazorla has revealed when he expects to be back to full fitness.