Wenger gives latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Newcastle game

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger vows the Gunners won't rush Jack Wilshere back into the first team

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal won’t rush Jack Wilshere back into the first-team ahead of their clash against Newcastle United.

The Gunners midfielder has been sidelined with a hairline fracture in his foot which he picked up in England’s 1-0 win against Denmark in March.

We want to do the basic work on his stamina so he can support the demands of the Premier League and the World Cup

Arsene Wenger

And Arsenal manager Wenger wants the 22-year-old midfielder to build up his stamina before returning to the Gunners’s starting line-up.

“I don’t want to rush his fitness. If he wants to come back he needs to be fully fit, for that I believe it is very important that we don’t rush him,” said Wenger.

“We want to do the basic work on his stamina so he can support the demands of the Premier League and the World Cup.

“This time we will take the needed time to build the basic fitness up on a very strong level.”

Wenger added that Wilshere should be available for the World Cup this summer.

“I have spoken to Roy about that and Roy looks to be very keen to take him,” Wenger added.

“I just re-assured him that normally he would be fit if we don’t have any setbacks with him.”

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