Arsene Wenger confident Jack Wilshere will go to World Cup

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Wenger is confident Wilshere will recover in time.
Wenger is confident Wilshere will recover in time..

Arsene Wenger says he will do all he can possibly do to help Jack Wilshere regain his form and fitness in time for the World Cup.

Wilshere is facing eight weeks on the sidelines after breaking a small bone in his left foot in what is the latest in a series of unfortunate incidents for the Arsenal star.

Despite growing doubts that he'll be fit to take part in England's World Cup campaign, Wenger believes there is enough time for him to recover from his injury and be in perfect shape for Brazil.

Wenger told reporters: “You want to encourage him to go to the World Cup and show his talents because the meaning it has for a player to go to a World Cup is immense.

“When you go to a tournament like that, you have to be 100 per cent fit. I am confident he will be because the time scale is all right. He can have a great World Cup.

“Because six weeks out, if you look at the number of weeks... we have 11 weeks until the end of the season and then you have six weeks before the start of the World Cup. So it’s 17 weeks.

“That means he has 11 weeks’ preparation. That should be perfect. He will be fully fit to play.”

Wilshere suffered the injury in England's friendly against Denmark when Liverpool defender Daniel Agger slid in on the Arsenal midfielder during a 50-50 challenge.

Wenger says that although people admire Wilshere's passion and determination, it does come with its costs.

“What people admire in Jack is that he is a technical player but he is also a committed player.

“You don’t want to take that away from him. Jack sometimes goes into challenges that are a gamble, yes. But that is his game. When he was younger, I told him not to go into stupid challenges. He has improved a lot on that front.

“Did he need to go in there the other night? You always point to your instinct at that moment in that situation.”

England manager Roy Hodgson has already stated that he won't take a gamble on players who are not 100 per cent fit, but Wenger claims Wilshere will be worth his place in the 23-man squad.

He added: “He is a very important player for England, if you look at his age and the number of caps he has. At the World Cup you will be happy you have a player who is as committed as that, with the technical ability to go forward.”

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