Wilshere To Miss England Friendly


Arsenal have sounded a note of caution on Wilshere ahead of the international break. Arsenal want Jack Wilshere to play in just one of England’s forthcoming friendlies.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson are understood to have held talks in an attempt to re-invigorate the midfielder’s stop-start season. Because of on-going problems with his right ankle, Wilshere has struggled to re-capture the sort of form that has seen him emerge as one of this country’s most promising players.

And Wenger believes it would be beneficial for Wilshere to play in just one of the friendlies, and has relayed his opinion to the England boss. Wenger is now hopeful that his star midfielder will only play against Chile on Friday and skip Tuesday’s clash against Germany. That would give the 21-year-old a full week to recover for the Premier League clash against Southampton.

Wilshere has been put on a specially-devised training programme to allow his problematic ankle to recover between games. The long-term problem reacts differently after every match and club medics are paying special attention to the joint. Nevertheless, Wilshere remains determined to play as much as he can for club and country.

The midfielder only returned from his most recent ankle injury during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester United, coming on as a second half substitute. That was a nice move by Wenger, I just hope Hodgson heeds his call. Personally, I believe he should have been omitted from the friendlies all together. For crying out loud, nothing is at stake in the international friendlies whether against Chile or Germany. With the Three Lions already through to the 2014 World Cup, they should be saving their best legs for the main tournament and not risking them in mindless friendlies. Instead of risking their fitness by playing them in those friendlies, they should be calling on younger players that could be adjudged as good enough to make the squad and maybe not the main team. Despite been good enough to feature for England in major competitions, Wilshere is yet to play for them in a major tournament, no thanks to injuries and if he is to make the 2014 World Cup, his fitness needs to be handled with care.

Most importantly, I hope Wilshere will be fit enough to play against Southampton. We have had one too many injuries and cannot afford another one. We need to have all our players raring to go as we step into another hectic period when our title credentials will be put to stern test.


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