Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has suffered a blow in his rehabilitation from injury after learning he is still some way away from making a return to action, the Mirror reports.
The England international has been out of action since August after suffering a leg break in pre-season.
The initial diagnosis predicted Wilshere would be out of action for up to six months, yet it now appears he could be out for longer despite now being able to participate in light running sessions.
“Jack is starting to run. Once you move out, from the first day you count six weeks to be competitive and build up stamina and intensity. You need six weeks to be ready fitness-wise,” Wenger said.
With Wilshere set to miss the next six weeks – possibly more in the likely event of minor niggles – then he could end up missing a host of key matches for the Gunners.
The Champions League tie with Barcelona is out of the question, while the same can be said of trips to Manchester United, Everton and of course Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
But from a personal point of view, it’s a major blow for Wilshere and his chances of competing in the summer’s European Championships in France.
England boss Roy Hodgson is particularly fond of the Arsenal midfielder, yet with a proper run in the team between now and the summer will seriously hinder his chances of being selected.
Arsene Wenger has options in his stead in the likes of Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Mohamed Elneny and soon Santi Cazorla yet arguably none are quite like Wilshere when in full flow.