Sources: Rarely-seen West Ham player back in training at Rush Green
Jack Wilshere has returned to light training in a boost to West Ham as they to avoid Premier League relegation, Football Insider understands.
The England international, 28, underwent hernia surgery a month ago after initially breaking down in mid-October.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Wilshere is doing work outdoors at the club’s Rush Green headquarters although it is likely to be another month before he is in contention to play.
Manager David Moyes would welcome the availability of the central midfielder, especially as he has just lost new signing Tomas Soucek to injury.
Wilshere is a proven Premier League performer although there are major doubts among the club’s coaching staff as to whether he can make an impact in their survival bid.
Despite the encouragement of Wilshere’s improving fitness, the club are exploring ways to get him off their wage bill ahead of the summer transfer window.
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As revealed by Football Insider this week, Hammers chiefs have talked about offering the England international a pay-off to leave as part of a mutual termination deal.
He has 15 months remaining on a contract worth around £100,000-a-week.
Wilshere has made just 16 appearances in two seasons since signing on a free transfer from Arsenal.
His capture was regarded by West Ham as a major coup but he has not added to his 34 England caps during his time in east London.