Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season on Sunday as he came on as a late substitute in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
The 24-year-old has been forced to sit on the sidelines all year after sustaining a fractured tibia in pre-season, which in turn has led to a frustrating period in his career.
Having been unable to aid Arsenal’s Premier League title push, the England international will hope to regain his fitness and form over the next three weeks with a view of proving he should be a part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 in France this summer.
Wilshere had already impressed for the Under-21 side in recent outings, while his appearance at the Stadium of Light was restricted to a few touches in midfield to keep Arsenal pushing forward in search of a late winner.
Despite Arsene Wenger’s men failing to find a breakthrough, Wilshere’s return to action will certainly be a major boost for the Frenchman.
Whether or not the Arsenal ace can do enough in the final few weeks of the campaign to secure his spot on the plane to France remains to be seen, but there’s no denying that he can make a significant impact in midfield when in his stride.
While he may have come back too late to help Arsenal’s pursuit of silverware, he still has time to prove that he can be an influential figure on the international stage this summer.