Wilshere making slow progress

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that England midfielder Jack Wilshere is "down" and hinted that he is losing his race against time to return for the European Championships in June.

Wilshere, 20, has spent the entire season on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle last September. The midfielder has yet to train with the first team and is still confined to training by himself in the gym.

Arsenal have five games remaining this season but Wenger remains cautious over whether Wilshere will play any part, and he said: "I will not take any risks with him. He is making slow progress so we still have to monitor the situation a little bit at the moment."

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