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The young midfielder is on the road to full fitness following 14 months out injured and his team-mate assures fans that he has not lost any of his much-missed talent

Theo Walcott says that young star Jack Wilshere looks as good as ever after the Arsenal youngster returned to full training with the Gunners following 14 months out with ankle and knee problems.

The midfielder, who made a huge impression during his breakthrough season at the Emirates Stadium in 2010-11, suffered an ankle injury during a pre-season clash with New York Red Bulls in July 2011 and has since had several setbacks in his bid to return to full fitness.

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But, the 20-year-old is now back training with the first-team squad and Walcott reassured fans that the lengthy lay-off has not dimmed his talent.

"He spots things that no one else does and he hasn't lost it, trust me," Wilshere's England team-mate told The Sun.

"It's nice to see him back. He's the sort of player that's just different.

"He’s buzzing, he's getting stuck in and that's what he wants."

Walcott, who is currently in a contract dispute with the club, also revealed that Wilshere wants to test out his recovery by taking some hits to his troublesome ankle.

"I had a chat with him and he said: 'I just want to get whacked on the ankle, whacked everywhere'," the former Southampton man added.

"I replied: 'When I had my shoulder problems I needed to get hit and see what it was like. Once you get over that, you'll be fine'."

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