Arsene Wenger confirms Jack Wilshere is '2-3 weeks' away from injury return, along with two other key men

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

The England international has undergone two operations on his ankle in the past four months.

Ahead of the weekend fixture with Newcastle United and speaking after their Champions League exit to AS Monaco, Arsene Wenger has today been discussing the injury prognosis for several of their players this morning.

The club is of course no stranger to injury problems but, saying that, in recent weeks they have been fairly well covered in the first-team.

However they do have three crucial midfielders still missing. Club captain Mikel Arteta, Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky and England international Jack Wilshere.

They are also still without French defender Mathieu Debuchy.

Wenger told that one of them was back in action, but the other three still had some way to go before returning:

"We have no new big injuries, we have some knocks, but nothing major. Mathieu Debuchy is two or three weeks away, Arteta and Wilshere as well. Arteta will maybe come back after the [international] break. Tomas Rosicky is hopefully available again for the weekend.

"They [Arteta and Debuchy] are still two or three weeks away."

The return of Rosicky is great news and hearing that the other three are on the verge of comebacks is also positive. It seems all three will be back in action in April.

Debuchy has not featured for Arsenal since suffering a horrible shoulder dislocation against Stoke City back in January.

Wilshere and Arteta have not yet played in 2015. The Englishman damaged his often problematic left ankle in a challenge with Paddy McNair against Manchester United in November. A few days later Arteta also injured his left ankle.

Both players underwent surgery on the afflicted joints. Wilshere originally reported back for light training at the end of January but he underwent a further operation in February to alleviate further discomfort.

It seems that after the international break Arsenal could have a full team ready to fight for the FA Cup and put on a late surge for the Premier League title.

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