Jack Wilshere has returned to full training with Arsenal as he looks to complete his recovery from a broken leg suffered in pre season. The twenty four year old who has been hit hard by injuries over the past two seasons, underwent surgery in September. Although a first team outing is still thought to be a few weeks away, Wilshere may take part in an under 21 fixture in the near future as he looks to prove his fitness ahead of the upcoming European Championships. Despite having not featured this season, Roy Hodgson has left the door open for Wilshere to make a surprise return to the England squad in time for the tournament starting in June.
Having initially been ruled out for just a month with the injury, Wilshere’s injury was significantly worse than first diagnosed. The Arsenal man will now be hoping to return to full match fitness in order to help his club side in their quest for Premier League glory. Arsenal have sorely missed the qualities of the Englishman in their midfield, with the likes of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny doing their best to fill the void left by Wilshere. Arsene Wenger will no doubt be delighted to once again be able to call upon the services of Wilshere, who before the injury was in line for a huge season for both club and country. As a result, Wilshere is 5/4 on to be on the plane to France come the summer.
With England having suffered mixed fortunes in the recent international break, after a victory away in Germany was followed by a disappointing defeat to the Netherlands at Wembley, Hodgson seemingly still has a few headaches surrounding his final squad selection. Wilshere perhaps provides the biggest conundrum to Hodgson, having been one of the standout performers for England in their qualification campaign in which they finished with a 100% record. Having last played for his country back in June 2015, Wilshere faces a huge fight to return to the side, with the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier performing so capably in his place.
England face Russia in their opening game of the Euro 2016 tournament in June, with expectations high for a young looking squad as they head to France. Elsewhere for Arsenal, the news that long term absentee Tomas Rosicky and goalkeeper Petr Cech are also nearing a return to first team action will be a welcome boost in what has been a testing period for the North London based club.