Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has 'exceptional' scan

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere has had an "exceptionally good" scan as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

The 19-year-old suffered the injury in the Gunners' pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls on 31 July.

The England midfielder had successful surgery in September.

Wenger said: "Jack had a very important scan, it was exceptionally good and the news is positive. He could be back in mid-February."

Wilshere later tweetedexternal-link: "I can confirm what the boss said that I had an exceptionally good scan on tuesday and I can now step up my rehab and start jogging!"

Wenger also had good news about Kieran Gibbs, who could make a return from a hernia problem over the Christmas period.

Left-back Gibbs had surgery in November but is set to be available for the trip to Aston Villa on 21 December.

Wenger said: "Gibbs is a maximum of one week away. He could be present at Villa or the game after. You want him back playing."

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