All season, Jack Wilshere has been involved in a race against time to be fit for the European Championships this summer.
On Sunday, he made his first senior appearance of the campaign for Arsenal, playing the final eight minutes during their 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
With the midfielder edging back towards full fitness, Wilshere will, undoubtedly, be eyeing a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad. However, there’s another factor which could result in the 24-year-old missing the tournament in France.
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That’s because The Mirror are reporting that the Arsenal star has been questioned under caution by police after his involvement in a 2am brawl outside a nightclub earlier this month.
If Wilshere is charged, he faces bail conditions that could result in him being unable to travel to France this summer to compete in the European Championships.
On April 2, Wilshere and his friends were asked to leave London’s Cafe de Paris nightclub after it was reported that staff had been verbally abused.
Videos and photos were taken of Wilshere hiding behind bins whilst being questioned by police at the scene and a friend is heard to shout: “Jack, don’t get nicked.”
The midfielder denied any wrongdoing but it appears that his involvement in the incident is far from over.
Wilshere's injury problems
Wilshere had missed the entire campaign after picking up a fibula injury back in August.
At first, it was only considered to be a minor injury and Wenger told the club’s official website at the time: “The information you have heard about Jack Wilshere is right.
“I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out.
“There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage - there is no damage at all apart from that. It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental.”
But a month after his original injury, Wilshere had to undergo surgery which was supposed to keep him out for a further three months. However, a few setbacks later and Wilshere has missed eight months and almost the entire campaign for his club.
With just three matches remaining, Wilshere’s time to prove his fitness to Hodgson is running out, fast. The England squad is named on May 12 and the boss has hinted that Wilshere, along with the likes of Wayne Rooney will need to prove they’re fully fit before being selected.
“I think we have got a very interesting situation going ahead with four or five players, all of whom could quite easily be mechanically fit and capable of taking part of the Euros, but will be returning from very long injuries,” Hodgson said, per Sky Sports.
“I think I will have plenty to talk about, myself, Ray (Lewington) and Gary (Neville), when we look at the whole group that could possibly be there."
Hodgson continued: “There’s no disguising the fact that people like Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for example, Wayne Rooney, a year ago they were five players who were getting into every squad.
“Things have happened to them and we have to reassess.
“If we are not convinced, we have to give it some thought," he added.
But it seems like fitness is no longer the biggest factor in Wilshere potentially missing this summer's tournament.