Arsenal are growingly confident that Jack Wilshere will return from his latest injury setback in a matter of weeks rather than months, according to an exclusive report in The Express.
Their London football correspondent Matthew Dunn claims Arsene Wenger sent the midfielder on a recuperation trip to Dubai shortly after the extent of his injury was realised.
Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture in his lower fibula after a heavy challenge from Arsenal defender Gabriel in training. Originally it was claimed the 23-year-old could be out for up to eight weeks but that estimate has since been halved to just four weeks.
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The fact that he did not need surgery on the operation was a huge boost as going under the knife would have almost certainly ruled him out for up to three months.
But Wilshere is already making excellent progress and could return in time for England's international fixtures in the early September. A return after that international break appears very likely.
Not setting a date
Wilshere is expected to return to London today after enjoying a short sunshine break in the Middle East and will undergo further assessments on his fractured fibula.
Arsenal are keen not to set a date on Wilshere's return because they do not want to put him under any unnecessary pressure, but there is a growing hope that he can be back quicker than expected.
The sooner he can get training, the sooner he will be back in action for the Gunners as the base fitness gained over his full pre-season preparation is still lingering in his body.