Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that midfielder Jack Wilshere could be in line for a contract extension despite the fact that he has been sidelined through injury for the past four months.
The Englishman is the most injury-prone player in a squad full of fragile bodies with the Gunners suffering an absurd amount of injuries throughout the season but Wenger is not prepared to give up on the 'special talent' that he plucked from the Arsenal academy at age 16.
When asked whether the 23 year old could sign a new deal, Wenger said, according to the Daily Mail: "He has two years left and I want Jack to stay here.
"He is a special case because he is a special talent, he comes out of the club and he is an England international.
"You know I'm an optimist and I always think: 'OK it's true that he hasn't played many games in recent years.' I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I'm right.
"When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can't practice, that's terrible.
"They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that.
"He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger."
If Wilshere is to return by mid-February, as is expected, the Englishman will have missed 143 Arsenal matches in the past six years.