Arsenal boost as Wilshere given reduced international workload

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will only feature in one of England's friendlies against Chile and Germany in the next seven days to aid his recovery from a niggling ankle complaint.

England boss Roy Hodgson has reportedly decided that Wilshere is fit enough to face Chile at Wembley this Friday, but will leave him out of the side to take on Germany three days later after holding talks with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Wenger made a request for Wilshere to only play one match for England this week and Hodgson has granted his wish, according to The Mirror.

Wilshere is currently on a special fitness regime implemented by Arsenal medical staff, which helps him nurse an ankle problem that has forced Wenger to monitor his workload closely in the early months of the campaign.

The 21-year-old has still managed to play 21 times for club and country so far this season, helping Arsenal build a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal's strength in depth in midfield has allowed Wenger to ration Wilshere's minutes through a difficult spell of matches, with the playmaker left out of games against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

Wilshere did return from his latest spell on the sidelines to play against Manchester United last Sunday, coming off the bench for the Gunners in a losing effort at Old Trafford.

Missing the Germany match will give Wilshere more than 10 days to prepare for Arsenal's return to Premier League action next Saturday, which comes against high-flying Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

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