By Rob Kelly

Aaron Ramsey is delighted to see Jack Wilshere returning to full fitness and cannot wait to play alongside the England international.

The talented pair have not had many opportunities together in the Arsenal midfield due to a combination of long-term injuries and loan spells.

Wilshere is now close to his first-team return after 14 months out with ankle and knee problems, and Ramsey is looking forward to his comeback.

“He’s been out for a long time and I’ve been through a similar sort of thing,” he said. “I’m happy to see him back playing again. There’s nothing worse than being out for that period of time.

“We haven’t really had a chance to play together. He went out on loan, I got injured and then he got injured.

“He’s a gifted player, one that any midfielder would like to play with - and I’m no different. Hopefully that can be a possibility soon.”

Ramsey will have to wait a bit longer for that opportunity, though, as Arsène Wenger is not willing to field Wilshere against Schalke on Wednesday.

“On Monday he had 90 minutes [for the under-21s against Everton], Sagna had 90 minutes, Frimpong had 90 minutes - we will see how they recover,” the manager said.

“But we are in a bit of a trap at the moment because he [Wilshere] needs to play full games and of course, 48 hours later is too dangerous to play someone - or even put him on the bench - who has not played for such a long time.”

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