Arsenal boss insists Wilshere injury woes aren't long-term concern

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere's ankle injury is not a long-term problem.

Wilshere has been struggling to shake off a knock which he aggravated during Arsenal's Champions League home tie against Borussia Dortmund last month.

The 21-year-old has been forced to manage the problem in order to avoid exacerbating it, which meant he sat out of England's friendly against Germany on Tuesday having featured against Chile four days previously.

With the Arsenal midfielder having also missed 18 months of action with a series of injury problems it has been suggested that he may struggle to fulfil his potential - something Wenger vehemently denies.

"I have no concern [about his future] and have been told by the medical people there is no long term issue," said the Frenchman. "I am told he is still recovering from the ankle inflammation.

"It is hard [for him], but we have 25 players in the squad as we can deal with that problem. We play 60 games per year and he certainly will have to be managed.

"Unless his pains go completely, then he will be used when needed. If there is an alert on his ankles, we will take advice from the medical department and use him when he can really be used."

Reports this week suggested that Wilshere had returned from England duty with a fresh injury, which is said to have sparked a row between Wenger and Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.

"There is no problem between the FA and Arsenal Football Club," said the Gunners boss.

"I don't know where that idea comes from. He was available for England, they used him like they wanted. If he had played two full games, I would have been perfectly happy. There was no restriction there at all. He is not injured now."

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott is set to return from an injury lay-off for Arsenal's clash against Southampton this weekend, however Wenger confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still month away from full fitness.

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