Jack Wilshere has laid bare his frustration at 'lazy' clubs and managers who consider him to be 'an injury waiting to happen' as he searches for another chance in football.
Wilshere has been training with Italian Serie B club Como, where Dennis Wise works as the CEO, but cannot play for them because of rules around non-EU players.
Jack Wilshere believes the perception within football that he is 'an injury waiting to happen' is hindering his search for a new club
The 29-year-old midfielder played 17 games for Bournemouth last season and is fully fit
But he insists he is fully fit again after the constant injuries that have dogged his career - Transfermarkt lists 18 separate lay-offs - and is desperate to change the view of him within the game.
'I think there's a perception and I've had this opinion from a few clubs: "Great player but an injury waiting to happen," Wilshere told the Under The Surface podcast.
'I haven't been injured since before lockdown and it was not a serious injury. I've trained every day.
'When I was at Bournemouth I was available for every single game, so I feel like it's a lazy answer because I can [play].
'Give me a chance, let me prove myself to you then, show you that I'm fit.'
Wilshere has been training with the Italian Serie B club Como in recent weeks as a free agent
Wilshere told CALM's Under the Surface podcast that rejection by clubs because of his injury record 'breaks the spirit'
Wilshere added: 'It's frustrating and it sort of breaks your spirit as well because you know especially when you're training on your own and every day there's not much you can do on your own.
'You have to run and it's hard and it's boring and then to get that answer, it's like "well why am I doing this? Why am I breaking myself every day?"
'I'm waiting for that opportunity to come and I'm just getting answers like that.'
Wilshere says he went to train with an Italian club because his injury record was less well known but admits his current situation is difficult for his family.
Wilshere suffered numerous