Jack Wilshere has played down fears over his fitness ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Arsenal midfielder missed the pre-season victory over Chivas de Guadalajara and Scandinavian tour with a knee injury, sparking fears he might face another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

But he has returned to training and is hoping to be involved against Liverpool on Sunday.

Speaking at the Premier League launch, Wilshere told Sky Sports: “I picked up a little knee injury, nothing serious, and now I am back in light training and am looking forward to the start of the Premier League.

“It is a light one, this time, I know my body quite well now and I know when I pick up a little injury what to do.

“As I said, I’m feeling good and we’ll see at the weekend, that might come too soon but if the boss picks me I’ll be ready.”

Wilshere missed most of the last season with a leg injury and only returned for the final three games of the campaign.

But the 24-year-old believes he is finally in tune with his body and capable of going injury-free for the whole year.

He further said: “I’ve been thinking for a few years ‘this has got to be the year where I don’t get injured’.

“I was thinking that last year and it was my worst year – picked up an injury in pre-season and it took forever to heal.

“But I know my body, I’m a little more sensible, a little more mature in what I do in training. I know what I can and can’t do.

“Hopefully this year I get a long run.”

Wilshere needed that mature approach to getting himself through a difficult year in the physio room but he remains philosophical about his nine months out.

However, Arsenal have seen per Mertesacker and Gabriel knocked out in the pre-season due to injuries.

Wenger may be forced to rush Laurent Koscielny back into action if he fails to secure a new defensive signing by the end of the week.

If Wenger finds out his countryman not ready for the Liverpool clash, he will be left with facing Jurgen Klopp’s side without a senior centre-half.

Youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are his only two other centre-back options.

If 20-year-old Holding plays, it will be a fairy tale premier league debut for the summer signing from League One Bolton.

Full-backs Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy, who was expected to leave this summer, have both filled in at the heart of the Arsenal defence previously and could be called on again.


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