Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will do “absolutely everything” for Jack Wilshere to play in this summer’s World Cup after the midfielder was ruled out for eight weeks with injury.
Wilshere, 22, fractured his left foot in
England’s 1-0 win over Denmark
and Wenger has given him time off, saying the injury is a “weight on his mind.”
“He [Wilshere] can only be very down, especially in the first few days,” said Wenger, who expects the player’s fellow midfielders Kim Kallstrom and Aaron Ramsey to be fit within a week.
Ramsey’s return after last playing on 26 December, along with
Kallstrom’s availability for the first time since joining on loan in January,
will aid Wenger’s options in Wilshere’s absence.
The England midfielder sustained the injury early on in the
win over the Danes
in what Wenger believes was an “accidental” challenge by Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.
A six-week absence was diagnosed but Wenger expects a further two will be needed to recapture full fitness, though he believes a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup is not in jeopardy for Wilshere.
“A fracture is a fracture, it is not muscular or a ligament,” said Wenger, 64. “Once it is healed, you do not have to have any restriction in your preparation.
“You want to encourage him to go to the World Cup – to go to a World Cup for a player is immense, and I will do absolutely everything so that he can get there.”
Wilshere, who missed Euro 2012 with an ankle injury, is yet to play in a major tournament for England and, despite making his senior debut in 2010, has only earned 15 caps, with injuries limiting his opportunities with the national side.
England manager Roy Hodgson will name a 23-man squad and seven standby names on 13 May, but Wilshere will miss key games for Arsenal before then.
After Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Everton, Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League tie.
The third-placed Gunners also face Premier League fixtures against Tottenham, Manchester City and leaders Chelsea in March as they seek to close a four-point gap on Jose Mourinho’s side.
In his news conference ahead of this weekend’s cup tie against the Toffees, Wenger also revealed Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are “very close” to signing new contracts.
The pair would join
Tomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker
in committing their future to the Gunners.
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