Jack Wilshere is clearly in a rush to return to action.
The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played since appearing for England in a friendly against Ireland last June and Arsene Wenger admitted on Tuesday that he won’t return from a fractured fibula for another three to four weeks.
Quite how he passes the time is a mystery. There’s only so much Netflix the Arsenal star can get through.
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It must be a bittersweet feeling for Wilshere as he watches his teammates compete in a title race while he stares on helplessly, but the 24-year-old is doing everything he can to make sure there’s as little rust as possible upon his return.
Not only does he have a goal in his back garden, the midfielder has also had an 18-foot high net installed to prevent the ball going over the neighbours’ fence.
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Wilshere’s plan to practise his shooting has backfired, however. His neighbours aren’t too pleased with the 18-ft “monstrosity”, and have complained to the council in an attempt to get it removed.
The couple even took a dig at Wilshere’s shooting ability.
They were quoted by The Sun as saying: “We presumed the netting was for his children, but Jack told us it was for his own football practice.
“He can’t be very good at scoring if he needs so much netting to stop balls flying everywhere. And why is he practising in his back garden? Isn’t that what he goes to training for?
“We believe he should have had planning permission before putting up such a huge monstrosity.”
The England international, who still has hopes of making Roy Hodgson's squad for this summer’s European Championships, isn’t known for his goalscoring feats.
That simply isn’t his play style.
Yet, Tottenham fans couldn’t help themselves from having a dig at Wilshere when Dele Alli equalled the Arsenal player’s total Premier League goals haul last month in 92 fewer games.
Alli’s strike against Norwich was his seventh in 22 league appearances. Wilshere needed 114 games to reach the same tally.
The Arsenal graduate is in grave danger of failing to fulfil what once appeared to be an immensely promising career. The fractured fibula was his 21st injury in six years, according to Goal, and most have come as a result of his combative style.
But you have to ask yourself if Wilshere would be half the player he is - and his is quite the talent - if he didn’t play with such vigour and passion.
He faces an uphill task to be selected in Hodgson’s summer squad but the sooner he’s back in action, the better.