Arsene Wenger hopes that Jack Wilshere will be fit to return for Arsenal after the international break.
The crocked midfielder is currently sidelined with his latest injury layoff – a hairline fracture in his leg which has so far prevented him from playing this season.
Wenger has ruled the 23-year-old out of England’s fixtures against San Marino and Switzerland next month, but is hopeful that his comeback will be soon after.
“It is a bit too optimistic to think he will be available for England. It is too early,” the Frenchman told a Friday press conference. “After the international break he has a chance, but not before.”
The Gunners face Stoke City on September 12 when the Premier League season resumes, and then face title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United in the weeks following.
Wilshere, along with Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky, will be sidelined for Arsenal’s visit of Liverpool on Monday, and their trip to Newcastle United at the end of the month.
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