West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he expects Jack Wilshere to be back to full fitness In February.
There was speculation the former Arsenal midfielder would miss the rest of the season, with the Hammers struggling to get to the bottom of his latest ankle injury.
The 27-year-old missed has missed the last few months after requiring minor surgery on his left ankle, and following a brief appearance as a substitute against Newcastle the England international felt pain in his right ankle.
Wilshere has been resting his ankle ever since, missing nine more games, and he will be absent again on Saturday when West Ham travel to Bournemouth.
But Pellegrini revealed the England international, whose career has been hampered by injury, is close to beginning his latest comeback.
“He is continuing with his six weeks of rest about his ankle,” Pellegrini said according to Sky Sports.
“He is in treatment and I hope that next week maybe he can start doing some running on the treadmill.”
“He will be ready at the beginning of February.”