Eddie Howe has revealed that he has Jack Wilshere on a special training regime to protect him from injury especially after he made only three appearances last season. The midfielder is on a season-long loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal and Howe is looking to keep him fit by alleviating the stress he has to undergo in training.
Wilshere played 45 minutes in a friendly against AC Milan last weekend after not being called up to the England first team squad for their first World Cup qualifying game against Sloavakia. New manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that Wilshere would be considered for selection only if he can get first team action week-in-week out, something that the 24-year-old has his eyes on at Bournemouth.
"He has not completed all of the training," Howe told BBC Radio Solent. "We have had to manage his training time on the pitch to make sure we get the balance right between getting him fitter and making sure he does not break down. There are certain players who have had serious injuries in their careers that we have to manage. We have to fine-tune the workload that they get."
Wilshere is expected to see some game time against West Bromwich Albion this weekend, with Howe hoping that the England international can have a postive impact on the fixture, especially since Bournemouth are currently 19th on the table, having taken only one point from their opening three fixtures. Wilshere's arrival has had a positive impact in the dressing room and Howe insists that he is excited to see him in the league.
"He's been really good in the dressing room and I'm really enthused to see him in a Bournemouth shirt," Howe added. "It's been a really good experience so far."
Meanwhile, Howe's name is among the many who have been linked as a successor to Arsene Wenger when his tenure ends after the end of the season. The Bournemouth manager is reportedly favourites to take over from the Frenchman, but he has dispelled the rumours.