JACK Wilshere is still pencilled in to play some part in Arsenal's season with a return to the first-team provisionally scheduled by the club for next month, although Arsene Wenger refused once again yesterday to put a timescale on the midfielder's comeback.
Despite a series of set-backs in recovering from surgery on what was originally a stress fracture to his right ankle, Arsenal are privately hopeful that Wilshere will be back in around two to three weeks, leaving him with potentially just five games in which to stake a claim for a place in the England squad for the European Championships.
Wilshere (20) has not featured at all this season, and Saturday will mark eight months since he limped out of a friendly against New York Red Bulls at the Emirates with what scans later revealed was a stress fracture.
Wenger, whose team play Everton at Goodison Park tonight, said there were no long-term fears over Wilshere, but added it remained impossible to say when he would return.
He added: "We go week by week with him, but his last scan was very good so we don't have worry any more.
"It is about progress and fitness."