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Wenger: Wilshere's injury problems have made him even stronger

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Manager Arsene Wenger has stated that Arsenal star Jack Wilshere was fearful that his career was over after a series of injuries kept him off the pitch for over fourteen months, reports Sky Sports.

An ankle injury kept the 20 year old England international out of action throughout last season, and he was also ruled out of the Euro 2012 Championships after undergoing a surgery in the summer. However, things have taken a brighter turn, with Wilshere having returned to full training with the squad on Thursday.

Wenger lauded the youngster's mental strength, saying, "When you are so young and out for 14 months that is a good test for your mental strength. On that front he has been absolutely brilliant because he had not only ankle surgery, but when he thought that was over he had knee surgery. He handled that very well, I must say."

"I am not medically expert enough to know how big the damage was in his ankle. It never crossed my mind. Has it crossed his mind? Only he can answer that - I think, yes. Jack, though, has always been with a good level of confidence. I believe what he has gone through will make him even stronger."

It is evident that Wenger will be cautious while handling the fragile Wilshere, meaning he will not be forced into first team action too soon. However, he is expected to play for the reserves' side in ten days time.