Arsene Wenger has insisted Jack Wilshere will not play in England's friendly against Holland on Wednesday despite being called up by Fabio Capello.
The inclusion of the Arsenal midfielder - already the subject of a club-versus-country row this summer - came despite him missing the Gunners' pre-season defeat to Benfica on Saturday night with an ankle problem.
And speaking after the match, Wenger insisted Capello was wasting his time by including the 19-year-old, and told the club's official website: "They can include him as much as they want, he will not play (because of injury)."
Theo Walcott also missed the 2-1 loss to Benfica, but had not been selected by Capello.
Should Wilshere be withdrawn, he will join Aston Villa's Darren Bent in pulling out of the game, with more absentees expected.
Capello took the precaution of selecting an extra couple of players but, given 11 took part in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley, plus two more - Rob Green and Scott Parker - arrived fresh from West Ham's npower Championship defeat to Cardiff, knocks are inevitable.
Indeed, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson alluded to an ankle problem for Danny Welbeck, who was only elevated to the senior ranks after Bent withdrew with a shoulder problem.
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