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The QPR manager believes England's top flight has suffered from the Arsenal midfielder's absence since the gifted playmaker succumbed to injury 15 months ago

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been a huge miss for the Premier League since suffering an ankle injury over a year ago, according to Mark Hughes, whose Queens Park Rangers team face the out-of-sorts Gunners on Saturday.

Emirates Stadium is the stage for a possible Wilshere return in the North versus West London derby, and Hughes has been singing the praises of the 20-year-old England international.

"He is an outstanding player, the league has been a lesser league really because when you take a young player of his ability out for so long then everyone misses watching his talents," the QPR boss told the Daily Mail.

"Obviously from my own selfish point of view as an opposition manager I hope he would have been one week away from returning.

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"He played in midweek with a view to being involved in our game so we will see whether or not he makes an appearance."

It is a big boost for England and the Premier League to see Wilshere back in first-team contention, and Hughes wishes the youngster well.

"I think everybody is pleased, he is a young man who seemed to have the world at his feet.

"He has had a real setback with the injury and the amount of time he has been out.

"We wish him well but not too many good wishes at the weekend."

Arsenal welcome QPR on the back of two straight defeats to Norwich and Schalke, but that doesn't mean Hughes thinks a positive result for his team is a sure thing.

"They're a good team, and they've had a couple of results that have knocked them back somewhat.

"But it's their home game and you'd expect them to come out and for their fans' benefit, put in a good performance because they've stepped away from their high standards in the last couple of games.

"We go there with the belief that we can compete against any team in the Premier League.

"We've drawn with Chelsea, drawn with Everton and run Tottenham very close. We acquitted ourselves well for long periods against Manchester City.

"We'll go there with real belief."