Hearing the news that Jack Wilshere had sustained a hairline fracture to his left fibula in training came as a huge blow, not least to the midfielder himself and Arsene Wenger.

Wilshere has had the best part of the last few seasons marred by long-term injuries, or injuries that were initially believed to be short-term but resulted in set-back after set-back. It’s a wonder the 23-year-old still has so much drive and optimism.

After a solid end to last season, intensive training over the summer and a decent pre-season, many of us, Jack included, were praying for his long-term fitness.

However, in training, an accidental collision resulted in a hairline fracture to his leg.

Initially thought to keep him sidelined for up to eight weeks, Arsene Wenger has now revealed ahead of our Premier League match against West Ham, that Wilshere could actually be back in action as soon as four weeks from now, with him looking to return to training in just two.

Although the sooner the midfielder is back in action the better, I’m sure Wenger will know we can’t get ahead of ourselves and will remain cautious when reintroducing him back into the squad.

“He’ll play with the same confidence and desire when he comes back,” the boss said.