Wilshere returns to Arsenal training following 14-month lay-off

England international begins comeback after being out for over a year following a string of injuries, while Mikel Arteta says it is a massive boost to see him back in action

Jack Wilshere has returned to full training with Arsenal following a 14-month injury lay-off.

The England midfielder has been missing for over a year after picking up a series of injuries which saw him miss the entirety of last season, including Euro 2012 and the Olympics.

However, the 20-year-old is now drawing closer to a return to first-team action, much to the delight of his manager and team-mates.

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Arsene Wenger told the club's official website: “We are so pleased that Jack is back in full training. It’s been 14 months and that’s a long time for someone at his age. It’s an eternity, but it’s great news.

"We have to give him a few training sessions to see how he copes and responds to it. That’s the delicate, sensitive stage - to choose when to bring him in and out. We’ll have to handle that day-by-day.

Wilshere's agent, Si Bayliff, said on Twitter: "Delighted to say that Jack Wilshere was back in full 1st team training today. Understandably he is a very excited young man today."

Gunners team-mate Mikel Arteta believes Wilshere's return is a massive boost for everyone at the club.

"I think it’s going to be a big boost for everyone," the Spaniard told the club’s official website. "He’s going to raise the quality in training. The fans – they’ve been waiting a long time.

"I know what it means when you’ve been out for a long time. You can see how excited Jack is to get back in training and show how good a player he is.

"He’s going to bring something different to the squad - more quality to the team - and that can only be better for everyone."

Meanwhile, Wenger also revealed another long-term absentee, Emmanuel Frimpong, has also returned to training after damaging his cruciate ligament whilst on loan at Wolves last season.

He added: ""We also have Emmanuel Frimpong who has returned to full training this week, which is great news as well. Emmanuel has also been out a long time, but is progressing well.”