Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to face Chelsea at the end of the month.
The 23-year old has been out since November with a serious ankle injury, which he sustained in Arsenal’s game against Manchester United.
The England midfielder has had two major operations on the ankle, but played a full 90 minutes for the Arsenal U21 side against Stoke on Tuesday night.
“You can train as much as you like but you can’t get that match fitness unless you play,” Wilshere said.
“I feel like I’m ready to play some part. When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time.
“The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final [against Reading on 18 April] but even before that we’ve got big games and we’ve got to go to Manchester United as well [on 17 May] so there’s a chance to play this season.”
Wilshere has made 117 appearances for the Gunners, who currently sit second in the table, seven points off leaders Chelsea.
He may return to the Arsenal squad in the two games before their tie with Chelsea on the 26th April – the North London side play Burnley on Saturday and then Reading in the FA Cup Semi-Final.