Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will return to action in two weeks, according to Arsene Wenger.

The 21-year-old picked up an ankle injury in early March during the north London derby defeat to Tottenham and hasn't played since.

Wenger doesn't want to rush Wilshere back into first-team action, so he has given the Englishman an extra week off action so he returns to full fitness.

The injury came just as Wilshere was hitting his stride back in the first-team after he was out of action for 17 months with continuos ankle and knee injuries.

Wenger firstly insisted that he would only miss a couple of weeks, but it was then suggested that he would miss most of the season. Those reports however were quickly rubbished and now Wenger has confirmed that he will miss Reading and West Brom, but should return for the Norwich game on April 13.

Wenger told reporters: "We deferred his rehab and gave him one more week.

"I believe [he will return] in two weeks. That means not [West Brom], the game after.

"It is not better, not worse. Because it was an inflammation of the bone and we had such history with him, we are a bit more cautious than you would be with you or with me.

"We'll rest him when it's needed. He has regular scans and as soon as we have an alert we will respect it no matter what is at stake.

"He had a difficult moment, of course, when you told him because he didn't feel any special pain - but he knows he has to take care of his future.

"Because he is a very young player, I think he accepts it."


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