Arsene Wenger is weighing up whether to end Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal exile after the injury-plagued England international’s latest fitness setback.
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Wenger sent Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth earlier this season in a bid to give the midfielder a chance to prove his fitness and form after several seasons of injury problems.
But the 25-year-old suffered a fractured leg during Bournemouth’s defeat at Tottenham and will be out for the rest of the season.
Wilshere appeared as a substitute in two of Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games before discussions with Wenger led to him leaving on a temporary deal.
– Let’s hope that all goes well
He made 27 appearances during a solid spell at Bournemouth and, with just over a year remaining on his deal at Arsenal, Gunners boss Wenger will wait until the end of the campaign before deciding if Wilshere gets a new contract in the close season.
“It’s a very simple fracture of the fibula. We need patience. Let’s hope that all goes well,” Wenger, whose own future at Arsenal is also up in the air, told reporters on Thursday.
“That (Wilshere’s contract) is something different. This injury is nothing to do with the extension of Jack’s contract.
“We haven’t entered into any negotiations yet. I think with all these cases, when there’s only one year to go, it’s done during the break.”
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