Jack Wilshere should be back training ‘100 per cent’ with West Ham’s first-team, according to Manuel Pellegrini.

As reported by whufc.com, Pellegrini told his press conference that Wilshere was on the verge of returning to the first-team squad.

Wilshere will play once more for the under-23 team, after getting just over an hour under his belt last week, before returning to the senior side.

Jack Wilshere: injury woes

Jack Wilshere played for the under-23 team to get his fitness back up. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Wilshere has been absent for four-and-a-half months in an injury-ravaged debut season at West Ham. And he has only managed five appearances in total.

Following his free transfer from Arsenal in the summer, the 27-year-old started West Ham’s first four matches – all of which ended in defeat.

But then an ankle injury kept him sidelined for three months until the trip to Newcastle United on December 1st.

 

Wilshere came off the bench for a five-minute cameo, providing an assist for Felipe Anderson’s late goal in the 3-0 win at St James’ Park.

However, the occasional England international then aggravated his ankle injury in training shortly after and has been out ever since.

After returning to light training, Wilshere was given just over 60 minutes for the under-23 side against Leicester City in the Premier League 2.

He came through that unscathed and will continue his recovery with minutes against Derby County’s youth team at Pride Park on Monday.

Then, barring any more setbacks, Wilshere will return to West Ham’s first-team training and could feature in the final four games of the campaign.

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