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The Arsenal midfielder has struggled with injury this season but his manager has backed him to return stronger than ever ahead of England's campaign in Brazil this summer

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is certain Jack Wilshere will be fit in time for the World Cup and has backed the midfielder to be “the positive surprise” in Brazil.

The 22-year-old is recovering from the broken foot he suffered during England's win over Denmark on March 5 but has returned to training and is in line to feature in the closing stages of Arsenal's season.

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“He is starting to jog this week,” Wenger told reporters. “I would think he would be back in two to three weeks. I spoke to Roy Hodgson and I told him that Wilshere will be available for England. He will be just polished for England.”

Despite fierce competition for places in midfield, Wenger is confident Wilshere will be picked in Hodgson's squad for the World Cup and also feels the club's medical team have finally “sorted out” his persistent ankle problems.

“I think Roy will pick him and he will go,” Wenger added. “I didn’t feel any doubt on that front, but maybe he didn’t want to show that to me. He can be the positive surprise at the World Cup.

“I hope he has stabilised now. We have seen this with Lionel Messi recently. He is the best player in the world, but being in and out is the most difficult thing to deal with.

“Jack has been in and out this year and last season but I think we have sorted out the problem and I hope from now he will always be available. Jack is a football man. He is the kind of guy who if you speak to him about something in the game he understands straight away.

“He has a natural football understanding. He watches the game and he analyses very well what is going on and on that front these players learn when they are injured.”

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