His manager, Arsène Wenger, says he will return from his 14-month lay-off without the mental scars that are usually associated with long-term injuries.
Wenger insisted that Wilshere was only “80 per cent” match fit and would not be rushed back into the first team, despite playing the full 90 minutes for Arsenal reserves on Wednesday.
But he said that the player had shown no “apprehension” about going into challenges since returning to action. This is a marked contrast to Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey, two Arsenal players whose broken legs caused as much psychological as physical damage.
Indeed, such is Wilshere’s eagerness to get involved that he has at times needed to be reined in when challenging for the ball, for fear of aggravating the persistent ankle problem that forced him to miss the whole of last season.
“There are two things after a serious injury,” Wenger said. “You have apprehension, because many times it is linked. In your memory you have a moment where you have been hit and you will try to avoid getting in the same position again.