Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is hopeful of being fit for the club's Champions League clash against Barcelona on 16 March. The 24-year-old midfielder has not played this season for the Gunners, having suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula six months ago.

However, he is confident of making a return to the Arsenal first-team in the next month – and is targeting a comeback against the reigning European champions.

Asked if it is possible to make a return against Barcelona, Wilshere told BT Sport: "It is possible, I mean it's difficult to get back. The Premier League gets quicker and quicker and I know I'm not old but I'm different from when I was 19, it takes a little bit more time.

"But I'm training and running and hopefully I will be back. I'm not sure how long it's going to take because I've only been doing ball work for about a week. I probably need a game in the under-21s and I'll be ready."

The Arsenal star admitted he has been frustrated by his injury lay-off. But he is hopeful of playing his part in Arsenal's title push and then securing a place in the England squad for Euro 2016.

"Yeah, it's tough, especially as I'm a football man. I don't want to be watching I want to be out there," the Arsenal midfielder said.

"I think that's what keeps you going when you're in the gym. You see the other boys going out to play so it's tough. But I've set myself a target, I want to go to the Euros and I want to get back and help the lads win the Premier League."