Swelling down, injury assessed - Wilshere to play against Chelsea?

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

The Daily Star claims Jack Wilshere has handed Arsenal a timely fitness boost.

The Daily Star claims Jack Wilshere’s ankle injury has improved, leaving the Arsenal star likely to feature this weekend in the huge game against Chelsea.

The 22-year-old turned his ankle during the North London derby, which has left him facing a race against time to be fit for the club’s Champions League clash against Galatasaray tomorrow night.

That may be a match too soon for Wilshere but the Star reports he’s recovering well ahead of the weekend.

“Wilshere is set to shake off his latest ankle injury scare in time for the Gunners' crunch clash at Chelsea on Sunday,” reports the Star.

“They discovered the injury was not as bad as they feared after it was assessed yesterday once the swelling around Wilshere's ankle went down.”

Wilshere showed how important he is in big games with a great performance in the recent draw against Manchester City.

He’s also important considering current injuries to Aaron Ramsey and club captain Mikel Arteta, which leaves the side without a lot of bite and impact in the middle of the team.

Chelsea are likely to setup this weekend with a formation designed to make things as difficult as possible for Arsenal to get a result.

Therefore, it’s important that Wilshere plays because he can provide those late runs into the box from midfield in Ramsey’s absence.

What Arsene Wenger has to guard against is the importance of that game measured against the need for a win in the Champions League. Does he risk Wilshere against Galatasaray knowing how big the game against Chelsea is?

There’s also the obvious risk of making the injury far worse by putting him back into the team before he’s ready.

However, there’s no doubt that an available Jack Wilshere for the game against Chelsea is definitely a plus.

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