England manager Roy Hodgson has offered hope to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere along with Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, suggesting that they may yet have time to prove their fitness before Euro 2016.
Wilshere has not played a single minute of football since scoring twice in the Three Lions' qualifying win in Slovenia in June, missing the entirety of the current season to date with a broken fibula.
His continued absence has made him a serious doubt for the summer's tournament, but Hodgson did not rule out the 24-year-old still earning a place in his squad.
The 68-year-old said, as quoted on the FA's official website: "In terms of the March fixtures [friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands], we’re going to be missing one or two players.
"We’re still monitoring Luke Shaw – I know he’s making good progress – and we’re monitoring Jack Wilshere, who’s making very good progress, but I have to accept that, for these games in March, we won’t have those players.
"Hopefully by May, when I really have to make a decision, they’ll be available for selection."
Wilshere has regularly been plagued by injury problems since fracturing his ankle five years ago and missing the entire 2011-12 season with the injury.
He has had spells on the sidelines in every season since that injury, and has been limited to just 100 Premier League appearances in eight seasons since making his debut.
However, he has still managed to win 28 caps for England, and his brace in his most recent appearance nine months ago were his first two goals for his country.