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Arsenal set to welcome back Wilshere after one year on sidelines

Injury prone Jack Wilshere is set to feature in the Arsenal squad for the first time in over a year at Norwich on Saturday. Wilshere's agent Simon Bayliff said on Friday afternoon that the midfielder would be making the trip to Norfolk for Saturday's early evening kick-off.

He wrote on Twitter: "It's been two "good news" days in a row. Doesn't happen very often. Jack travels to Norwich in the #AFC 1st team squad! Delighted."

However, earlier Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said he planned to ease the 20 year old back into the squad for the Capital One Cup tie at Reading later this month.

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce would like to take Wilshere to Israel next summer for some valuable tournament experience.

"I believe at the moment that is a bit premature. Let's wait until Jack comes back. He has not played in the first team for 14 months," said Wenger.

"Do you know what that is like, 14 months out of competition? Jack works very hard, he is doing well, but let's not go too far."

Wenger added: "There are two aspects. One is the apprehension to go into challenges when you have too many injuries, on that front we are at 100 per cent. We even have to calm him down. He goes for every challenge and has no apprehension.

"Then you have the physical front - he is okay there, then you have the match fitness which is 80 per cent.

"He needs one more game, maybe Monday night with the reserves, then he should be back."

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