The young Englishman has seen no match-time in terms of competitive football and Wenger feels his only chance of making Euro 2012 rests on whether the youngster can get some minutes under his belt for Arsenal before the end of the season.
The Arsenal manager has suggested the next few weeks will be the decisive factor for Wilshere and warns that no risks will be taken in order to rush him back into action.
Wenger said on Wilshere’s possible return to official website Arsenal.com:
We will know in the next two or three weeks [if he will play this season].
We try to keep the hope alive for him and not take too many risks. That means we adapt day to day, to manage him, to improve his physical state and get him fit as quickly as we can without taking too big a risk. That means when he has irritation or discomfort we stop him.
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We are now at the end of March, that means to go to a big competition without having played at all is impossible.
The next three weeks will be decisive. You would think a player who wants to play in June, at the end of April they will have to be competitive. The next three weeks will decide [if he can go to the Euros].
Personally, I feel it is imperative that Arsenal don’t rush him back into competitive football and only should allow a return if he is 100% fit. We all know what happened the last time he was being fast-tracked into the team with the Englishman suffering another injury set-back at the back-end of last year.
In saying this though, the last thing Arsenal want happening is for Wilshere to make a successful return for Arsenal in coming weeks and then the youngster suffering a injury relapse for England in Euro 2012. The last thing we need is lose Wilshere for another season!