Manuel Pellegrini has said that Jack Wilshere is available to play against Brighton & Hove Albion despite suffering an injury scare against Manchester City, as reported by football.london.
Wilshere was substituted off for Robert Snodgrass after 56 minutes of the season opener, with what eventually turned out to be a dead leg, as reported by The Express.
Speaking about the 27-year-old, Pellegrini said: “Jack is working without any problem with the squad. He is working a complete week with our team so we don’t have a problem with that. He’s okay.”
There weren’t really any West Ham players who managed to make much of an impact on their season opener, as City won 5-0.
However, Wilshere did show glimpses of his creative spark and how neat he can be on the ball, as he recorded a pass completion rate of 87.5%, as per WhoScored.
The England international’s injury record did add a sense of severity to Wilshere’s injury, which it turns out wasn’t actually the case.
Last season he managed to start four Premier League games, coming off the bench for another four, accumulating just 389 minutes on the pitch throughout the league campaign, as he missed most of it through injury.
The scare possibly acts as a reminder that Wilshere’s game time will need to be managed correctly this season if the Hammers are to get the most out of him.
It is encouraging that Wilshere is available and the club should do all they can to ensure this remains the case, as he can be a very useful player in possession.
He has put a lot of effort into his fitness and has even hired a physio to fly from Ireland to give him private sessions, as reported by The Daily Mail, hopefully, it pays off for him and he can have a season free of injuries.
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