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Straight Talking Gooners understands that Jack Wilshere was forced to pull out of his comeback game for the Arsenal reserves yesterday afternoon due to further injury setbacks. Our prized midfielder has suffered from several successive ankle injuries and has not made a single appearance for Arsenal this season. His last game was in the Emirates Cup against New York Red Bulls all the way back in July.
Wilshere was expected to make his return in a closed-door match against Birmingham reserves, but was apparently removed from the squad list at short notice.
Jack is thought to be in contention for a place in the reserve team to play against Newcastle next week, although it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will be fit enough to feature. The only other reserve game available to him would be the last game of the season against Everton on the 1st of May.
Arsène Wenger has said that he will not fight the decision to take Jack to the Euro’s provided that he has featured for Arsenal before the end of the season; if Wilshere were to feature in one of our remaining Premier League 7 games then that would suggest that he is fit enough to be included in the England squad that travels to Poland/Ukraine in June. In my opinion it would be better if Jack was not rushed back to first-team duties this season. Club football is more important than international competitions and I feel that he needs to get in some proper pre-season training and be fully fit to give Arsenal a huge boost in the 2012/13 campaign. There is no doubt that he will have his chance to represent England at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and Euro 2016 in France.