Arsenal boss Wenger asks England counterpart Hodgson to go easy on Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he hopes his England counterpart Roy Hodgson takes into account Jack Wilshere’s history of injury ahead of the national team’s World Cup qualification double-header in September, Sky Sports has reported.

England play both Moldova and Ukraine in Group H and Wilshere is expected to be named in the squad to play both countries. But Wenger feels the player is not yet up to full fitness having had a history of severe ankle injuries, and left the midfielder on the substitutes’ bench for the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.

Wenger explained that it was timely for Wilshere to drop out of the XI because of his history with injury, admitting he is more protective of Wilshere than he would ordinarily be of another player. “It made sense to give him a breather because we’re playing every three days at the moment,” Wenger said. “He is not 100 per cent yet, but he is 90 per cent.

I am a bit cautious because he had a few surgeries,” the manager continued. “I don’t want to make a mistake on the medical front and overuse him because the ankle is the most important part of a football player. I would be a bit more cautious (than with another player), until we feel he is completely free from any risk.

Wenger went on to say that with England facing two important games in quick succession, Hodgson should consider limiting Wilshere’s involvement to when it is most needed. “(The Ukraine fixture is) the key,” Wenger said, tongue-in-cheek. “So don’t play him against Moldova.

It’s World Cup year but first England have to qualify and we now go into a really important period for England. It’s an important year for every single player because they all want to go to the World Cup.

If you have a good season you have a good chance to have a good the World Cup. So let’s first have a good season.

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