Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere could miss start of next season, says Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger admits midfielder Jack Wilshere could struggle to be fit for the start of the 2012-13 season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Jack Wilshere has not featured for Arsenal this season Photo: Nike

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Arsène Wenger has admitted he cannot set a specific time-frame for Jack Wilshere’s return from injury, saying the Arsenal midfielder may not be fit for the start of next season.

Wilshere has not featured for the Gunners at all this term after suffering an ankle injury during pre-season.

The England midfielder underwent successful surgery but then suffered a stress fracture during his rehabilitation in January.

The 20-year-old was recently ruled out of Euro 2012 – and Wenger is refusing to confirm whether the midfielder could be fit to play for Team GB at the London Olympics.

“I do not want to set the Olympics as a target because I do not know whether Jack will be fit to start at the beginning of the season,” said the Arsenal boss.

“When we start pre-season training on 9 July, if he can join in, then we have won the battle, but that is not guaranteed.

“You get the first knock, but think: ‘OK, at least I will be ready for the Euros.’ Then you have to convince him: ‘Look my friend, it will not work for the Euros.’ You knock him down again.

“Then you set him another target – the Olympics. But if he doesn’t make it, he will lose a complete appetite for rehab because it’s difficult.

“Let’s take our time and not set any specific targets.

“The most important thing for him is to focus on day-to-day work and see if he can get better.”


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