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Injured duo return for City test

Filed: Thursday, 22nd November 2018
By: Staff Writer

Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll are both in contention for selection against Manchester City this week, says Manuel Pellegrini.

Carroll, who is yet to kick a ball this season and Wilshere, who featured just four times for West Ham before requiring another ankle operation will both be available when the reigning league champions visit Stratford this weekend.

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"Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are back in the squad," confirmed Pellegrini during this morning's pre-match press conference. They worked every day with the squad this week."

Carroll, who last featured competitively in a goalless draw against Manchester United back in May was involved in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford last week, which West Ham won 2-1.

Wilshere was not involved in that particular match but is also back having recovered from his latest ankle issue, something that has plagued him since 2011 when he first underwent surgery.

The midfielder has suffered at least four malleolar injuries - a fracture or serious damage to ankle ligaments - since turning pro.

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Jack Wilshere: injury history

2009: Malleolar injury (injured for 2 weeks)

2011: Sprained ankle (6 months)

2012: Fatigue fracture (3 months); knee operation (4 months)

2013: Malleolar injury (1 month); Sprained ankle (6 days)

2014: Hairline crack in foot (2 months); Malleolar injury (4 months)

2015: Hairline crack in calf (8 months)

2016: Knee injury (2 weeks)

2017: Hairline crack in calf (4 months)

2018: Ankle injury (estimated 6 weeks-3 months)

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