Arsenal have been given a huge boost after manager Arsene Wenger revealed that Jack Wilshere has returned to full training, Skysports reports.
The 24-year-old is yet to make a single appearance this season as he broke his fibula during the pre-season.
He was earlier expected to only be out for a month, but after additional scans, the midfielder was eventually forced to undergo surgery back in September.
Wilshere will not feature against Watford this weekend, but Wenger believes he could return to action for the Under-21 squad as soon as next week.
“Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are back in full training. Basically they are progressing well,” he said.
“We have not decided that (if Wilshere will feature for U21s) yet. It is his first week back in full training and we’ll see how he responds to that, but the first signs are quite good. We’ll assess our options next week.”
This could be seen as a huge boost for the Gunners heading into their final eight matches of the Premier League campaign as they trail leaders Leicester City by 10 points.
However, the French manager will still be without a host of key players heading into the weekend as Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini is still out, while goalkeeper Petr Cech is still a doubt.