Eddie Howe has admitted that they are having to manage Jack Wilshere to ensure that he doesn’t suffer any more injury problems which would, of course, negate the entire point of his loan.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of the Cherries game against West Brom this weekend, when Wilshere is expected to make his debut, Howe said, “He has not completed all of the training.

“We have had to manage his training time on the pitch to make sure we get the balance right between getting him fitter and making sure he does not break down.

“There are certain players who have had serious injuries in their careers that we have to manage. We have to fine-tune the workload that they get.”

Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere lies injured during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 22, 201
Arsenal’s English midfielder Jack Wilshere lies injured during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 22, 201

There have been significant doubts raised over Wilshere’s ability to ever truly get over the ankle problems that have plagued him so far in his young career and this is certainly not the most reassuring thing to hear.

A few seasons ago we were told by someone who knows Jack that his ankles will likely never be right, and while we dismissed it at the time, it becomes harder to do so the longer his problems persist.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal lies injured during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park on September 16, 2014 in Dortmund, Germany.
DORTMUND, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 16: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal lies injured during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park on September 16, 2014 in Dortmund, Germany.

Of course, many of the problems that Wilshere has suffered have been inflicted on him by incredibly poor challenges, many of which that went unpunished, but the length of time it often takes him to recover hints at an underlying problem.

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That being said, he does, at least, seem to be at a club with a manager who is prepared to look after him rather than run him into the ground in order to get the maximum out of him before sending him back to Arsenal in pieces.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal receives treatment after picking up an injury during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal receives treatment after picking up an injury during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal grimaces as he receives treatment for an injury on the field during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal grimaces as he receives treatment for an injury on the field during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 04: Jack Wilshere of England lies injured during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JUNE 04: Jack Wilshere of England lies injured during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Wayne Rooney of England looks on as injured team mate Jack Wilshere is given treatment during the International Friendly match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Wayne Rooney of England looks on as injured team mate Jack Wilshere is given treatment during the International Friendly match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Jack Wilshere (R) of Arsenal talks to Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal as he sits in the dugout with ice on his ankle after coming off injured during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Jack Wilshere (R) of Arsenal talks to Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal as he sits in the dugout with ice on his ankle after coming off injured during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is treated on the pitch for an injury after a challenge with Titus Bramble of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on February 9, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is treated on the pitch for an injury after a challenge with Titus Bramble of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on February 9, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal lies on the ground during the Carling Cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium on November 30, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal lies on the ground during the Carling Cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at the Emirates Stadium on November 30, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)