Welcome to a brand new week on TremendArse. After reports over the weekend that Jack Wilshere was on course for a comeback in time for our trip to Southampton on Boxing Day, the midfielder himself has been speaking to Arsenal Player about his spell on the side-lines.
Discussing his recovery from a fractured fibula, Jack explained how previous injuries have equipped him to overcome his latest set-back, and touched on the mental difficulties of suffering a long-term injury just as he was nearing his best. He said:
It’s going well. I’m working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I’ve been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I’m not going to rush it. I’ll make sure my body’s right and at the moment I’m feeling good. Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England. Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season. I thought, ‘This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me’. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take.
As far as luck goes, Jack’s certainly due some when it comes to his fitness and unless you’ve been through it yourself, I don’t think any of us can quite comprehend what it must feel like to get injured on the eve of a new season having worked so hard over pre-season.
At 23 years of age however, Jack still has plenty of time on his side to become the world class central midfielder many tipped him to when he first broke through, so lets hope this is his last major injury and when he eventually returns to first-team action, he can start to remind everyone of what we’ve been missing.
And Wilshere also highlighted the benefit of having a couple of team-mates keep him company in the gym, as the rest of squad head out to training every morning:
We all know it’s difficult and just being around other people helps. At the moment it’s me, Danny and Tomas because we’re the only ones with long-term injuries. Just being around other people, speaking to them and having a bit of banter with them helps as well. We’re still early in the season and the busiest part of the season is coming up. I want to be part of this team and I proved last season that I can get back and fight for a place. I know it’s not going to be easy but that’s what I want to do.
It’s been noted by many of course, but the fact we have the likes of Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky due back around the New Year should give our title challenge a timely boost in the second half of the season.
As we all saw just before this international break against Tottenham, the squad is crying out for a few more options for the manager to choose from to freshen things up and rest tired legs, having played so many games already this season with a pretty small core of the same players.