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Wilshere on course to return

Jack Wilshere could make his Arsenal return on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The England midfielder has not played since fracturing a bone in his foot while on international duty in March.

Roy Hodgson has been kept appraised of Wilshere's progress and has always appeared confident the injury would heal in time for this summer's World Cup.

And Wenger could include the player for the final-day game at Norwich - 24 hours before Hodgson names his provisional squad.

"We have everybody who played against West Brom available," the Arsenal manager said. "We could have the return of Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere could be in the squad as well.

"I don't know (how much game-time Wilshere will get). He will be ready for the World Cup. For the rest, I do not want to make an individual case of anybody.

"What is important is the team and that we prepare well as a team."

Hodgson has also said he expects Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be available for Brazil, but the midfielder is still out with a groin injury.

"He has not at all practised with the first team," said Wenger, who can welcome back another England international in Kieran Gibbs.

Gibbs' fellow full-back Bacary Sagna, meanwhile, appears increasingly likely to leave Arsenal this summer when his contract is up.

"I will have to accept it (if he leaves) because only he can decide that now. If he goes, we will accept it. We will accept it and respond," Wenger said.

The manager is also out of contract this summer, although a new deal is expected to be announced sometime after this months's FA Cup final.

"Certainly at the moment we are focused on the Cup final," he said. "After, yes."