Arsène Wenger has revealed that he is optimistic that Jack Wilshere will be available before the end of the season, while Mikel Arteta hopes to be able to play tomorrow night against AC Milan.
Wilshere has not featured for Arsenal this season due to an ankle injury picked up in the Emirates Cup in July, while Arteta is suffering from minor concussion following a clash with Jordan Henderson at Anfield on Saturday.
However, there seems to be good news on both fronts with Jack beginning to start jogging again and Mikel hopefully available for the Champions League.
Speaking in one of his pre-match interviews, Arsène Wenger said that there is good news on Jack Wilshere’s recovery but that the club would take a cautious approach and will not rush him back too quickly. The Arsenal medical team need to be very careful with Wilshere’s rehabilitation to ensure that he does not have a further injury setback.
“We have good news but Jack isn’t close to a comeback.
“The last scan was good and he can start to jog again so he is on the way back but we have to be very cautious with him.
“I hope to have him back before the end of the season, but we go step by step.”
Speaking to Radio Marca, Mikel Arteta has spoken of his fear after suffering concussion at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, but seems to be suggesting that he will be fit to play in the Champions League. Different players recover from concussion at a different pace (Laurent Koscielny was out for a few weeks after he collided with Squillaci against Fulham), so it is difficult to know whether Mikel will be ready to play in such a high-intensity game only three days after his fall.
“I have suffered the biggest fear of my life.
“I only remember the fall by the blow and nothing after. It was terrifying but now I am better.
“Sincerely, I do not remember too much apart from the impact. I have heard people applauded me as I left the field and I am grateful for this reception.
“I want to be available for this Tuesday against Milan.”