Jack Wilshere is winning his race to be fit in time to travel with England to the World Cup, reports the Daily Mail.
The midfielder has not kicked a football since suffering a hairline fracture to his left foot in an England friendly against Denmark earlier this month. England had originally cleared Wilshere fit but Arsenal medics later discovered the injury.
Originally ruled out for at least six weeks, Wilshere was thought to be a major doubt for England's World Cup squad despite the fact that Arsene Wenger claimed he would be fit in time.
But Wilshere is back in the gym at Arsenal's London Colney base and is still on course to play in the Premier League this season. Although not yet kicking a football, a series of cardio-vascular workouts on the treadmill and exercise bike is keeping him fit ahead of an April return.
Arsenal are taking a cautious approach to the 22-year-old as always, allowing him days off and have yet to pencil in a date for him to start working with the ball. A potential date for his return is the home game against Newcastle on April 28.
It is not only a boost for England, who will no doubt want him in their World Cup squad but also Arsenal, who are starting to suffer from a series of injuries to their creative midfielders.
Aaron Ramsey, their standout player of the season, has not played since Boxing Day thanks to a recurring thigh injury and looks set to be out for several more weeks yet. Mesut Ozil has also added to Wenger's injury worries in recent weeks.