Theo Walcott says that young star Jack Wilshere looks as good as ever after the Arsenal youngster returned to full training with the Gunners following a lengthy spell out on the sidelines with ankle and knee problems.
The midfielder, who made a huge impression during his breakthrough season at the Emirates Stadium in 2010-11, suffered an ankle injury during a preseason clash with New York Red Bulls in July 2011 and has since had several setbacks in his bid to return to full fitness.
The 20-year-old is now back training with the first team and Walcott reassured fans that the 14-month layoff has not dimmed his talent.
"He spots things that no one else does and he hasn't lost it, trust me," Wilshere's England teammate told The Sun. "It's nice to see him back. He's the sort of player that's just different. He’s buzzing, he's getting stuck in and that's what he wants."
Walcott also revealed that Wilshere wants to test out his recovery by taking some hits to his troublesome ankle.
"I had a chat with him and he said: 'I just want to get whacked on the ankle, whacked everywhere'," the former Southampton man added. "I replied: 'When I had my shoulder problems I needed to get hit and see what it was like. Once you get over that, you'll be fine'."
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