Jack Wilshere could make a return to Arsenal's first team before the end of the season.

The Daily Mail suggests the Arsenal midfielder will step up his rehabilitation programme next week by beginning to run outside.

Reports had originally suggested that there was a strong possibility Wilshere could miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot at the beginning of March.

However Wilshere, who is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup, has given Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a major boost ahead of the final few games of the season.

The 22-year-old has recovered quicker than first thought so could make his comeback before the end of the month.

Wilshere will be targeting Arsenal's penultimate home match against Newcastle on April 28.

Arsenal boss Wenger could do with Wilshere this week as the Frenchman has 11 injury doubts going into his side's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

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