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The 20-year-old midfielder has not played a first-team game for over a year but is potentially just one Under-21 appearance away from featuring for the Gunners

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere could make a first-team return in next weekend's Premier League clash with QPR.

The England midfielder has not played a first-team match since July 31, 2011 following ankle, foot and knee problems although has stepped up his return to fitness in recent weeks having featured in two games for the Gunners' Under-21 side.

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Wilshere also played the full 90 minutes in a training ground friendly clash with a Chelsea XI on Wednesday and Wenger has revealed that the 20-year-old is potentially one more Under-21 appearance away from a first-team return.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal's trip to Norwich on Saturday: "There is no apprehension [from Wilshere, going into challenges]. He is 80 per cent match fit. [Bacary] Sagna is similar.

"He needs one more game, maybe Monday night for the [under-21s], then he will be back."

Goal.com revealed on Tuesday that Wilshere has been pencilled in for his first competitive Arsenal start in 17 months against Reading in a League Cup clash on October 30.

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