Poll of the Day: Can Kallstrom fill Wilshere void for Arsenal?

The England international faces a race to be fit for the World Cup after suffering a foot injury but the January signing is nearly ready to make his Gunners debut

There was yet another injury setback for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Wednesday when his foot took a clattering from Liverpool's Daniel Agger during England's midweek friendly win over Denmark.

The Gunners star now faces a race to be fit to take his place in Roy Hodgson's squad for World Cup 2014, as Goal understands that he is not expected to be match-fit until mid-May.

Arsene Wenger's side have stuttered recently as their challenge for the Premier League title loses momentum and the absence of one of their key players threatens to derail them further.

However, though the manager said that Wilshere is "very down" after his latest frustration, he confirmed on Friday that Kim Kallstrom, along with Aaron Ramsey, is on his way back to fitness.

The Swede, a late-January loan signing from Spartak Moscow, has yet to make his debut due to injury but could get a chance to impress as early as March 16, when Wenger hopes he will be available for the north London derby against Tottenham.

Kallstrom may not have played in the Premier League before but has title-winning experience in Ligue 1 with Lyon - could he offer some vital know-how to keep Arsenal ticking in Wilshere's absence?


What do you think? Can Kallstrom fill in sufficiently or is Wilshere's injury a bigger blow than that? Let us know your thoughts by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below. You can also get in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages.