Wenger: Care with Wilshere

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has
urged England coach Roy Hodgson to
manage Jack Wilshere’s fitness
carefully.
Wilshere is expected to be named in
Hodgson’s squad for next month’s
World Cup qualfiers with Moldova
and Ukraine.
Wenger is cautious with Wilshere’s
fitness with the player having
overcome a succession of long-
standing ankle injuries and he insists
the 21-year-old is not 100 per cent fit
yet.
Wenger rested Wilshere during last
weekend’s 3-1 win over Fulham after
successive starts in previous matches
against Aston Villa and Fenerbahce,
but he is set to return to the starting
line-up for Tuesday’s UEFA
Champions League play-off second
leg.
“It made sense to give him a breather
because we’re playing every three
days at the moment,” noted Wenger.
“He is not 100 per cent yet, but he is
90 per cent.
“I am a bit cautious because he had
a few surgeries. I don’t want to make
a mistake on the medical front and
overuse him because the ankle is the
most important part of a football
player.
“I would be a bit more cautious (than
with another player), until we feel he
is completely free from any risk.”
Wenger is aware of Wilshere’s
importance to England and he
believes Hodgson should rest the
midfielder against Moldova so that he
is fully fit to take on Ukraine.
Smiling, Wenger said: “(The Ukraine
fixture is) the key. So don’t play him
against Moldova.
“It’s World Cup year but first England
have to qualify and we now go into a
really important period for England.
It’s an important year for every single
player because they all want to go to
the World Cup.
“If you have a good season you have
a good chance to have a good the
World Cup. So let’s first have a good
season.”

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