Arsene Wenger remains wary of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere being involved in Olympics
Friday 27 April 2012
Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs the proper rehabilitation over the summer before any talk of playing at the Olympics.
The 20-year-old has not featured for the Gunners all season because of a niggling ankle problem which was initially picked up on international duty with England and eventually needed surgery.
While Wilshere has already been ruled out of featuring at the European Championships, Team GB coach Stuart Pearce insists the player is very much in his thoughts for the Olympics squad.
Wenger, however, continues to be cautious.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke, the Arsenal manager said: "At the moment Jack has a different worry.
"His focus is to get back on the football pitch and play, there is not one specific target like the Olympics or the European Championships, although he is out of that.
"His main priority is to get out on the pitch and play football.
"Nothing is definitely set at the moment, because we are in a slow progress world where we go step by step."
Wenger added: "If we start pre-season at the beginning of July and he is completely fit to join in normal training, then we will see [about the Olympics], but let's not forget he has not played for a whole year.
"To be competitive at the top level it will take him some time to come back and we have to give him that time."
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