Wenger: Key man could face Watford but Wilshere still ‘weeks’ away

By on April 1, 2016

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Petr Cech could face Watford this weekend but Jack Wilshere is still a ‘few weeks’ away from being ready for competitive football.

Cech has missed the last five games in all competitions after suffering a calf injury during the closing stages of our disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea last month.

However, the Czech international is set to return to full first team training today and Arsene will make a late decision over whether he’ll be in the squad to face Watford tomorrow.

If Cech isn’t deemed fit enough to start just yet, David Ospina will continue in between the sticks with our number one then expected to make his return against West Ham next weekend.

As I reported yesterday, Jack Wilshere has now returned to full training as he looks to finally make his comeback from a fractured fibula that he suffered in pre-season training back in August.

The boss hasn’t decided whether Wilshere will feature for the Under-21’s next week but he has confirmed that it’s going to take ‘a few weeks’ for the midfielder to be ready for competitive football again.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Wenger is quoted by London24 as saying:

“Cech will train today but not decided if he will be in squad tomorrow,”

“Jack Wilshere? I am cautious now but he should be back competitive in a few weeks.

“Once he is fit and competitive he will be available for Arsenal and his country. He and Rosicky are back in training.”

Understandably, it’s going to take some time for Jack to build up his match fitness so we are unlikely to see him make his first appearance of the season until towards the end of April.