West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to forego an end of season break to put in extra work in preparation for next term.
The £100,000-a-week ace [Spotrac] has barely featured this campaign, making just seven first team appearances as he has continually battled an ankle injury.
But the England international is now back to match fitness, and plans to keep his progression going with a summer of hard work.
As quoted in the Daily Mail, he said: “That’s the plan, but injuries can happen at any point.
“I am not naive enough to think that is the end of my problems. I will do everything I can to avoid them with strength and rehab work. I have worked so hard to get to this point.
“It is a big off-season for me because I am now quite fit and I don’t want to go away and come back and start again.
“So I have to do some work in the summer. I am confident in my body. This injury just took time to heal. I am confident I can play far more games next season.”
This will be taken as good news from West Ham fans. On one level, Wilshere is a fine talent who, if he can get playing regularly, has the ability and the potential to be a key figure for this Hammers side. On the other, the fact that he is willing to put in a whole summer of work to get back to his best shows just how much desire the midfielder has. Wilshere has missed a lot of time through injury during his career, and there will be nobody as frustrated by that as he will be. Ask any footballer what they want to do most and the answer will always be ‘play football’. To have that taken away from him so often and so painfully is almost quite cruel, and you can understand why he will be so desperate to get more game time under his belt as he begins to approach a stage of his career where the end is not just some vague and distant concept.