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England Midfielder Wilshere Will Miss Euro 2012, Wenger Says

April 17 (Bloomberg) -- Arsenal’s England midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss the rest of the season and won’t be fit for the European Championship, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said.

Wilshere, 20, hasn’t played this season because of an ankle injury, though had targeted a return late in the campaign. That prospect ended following a discussion between Wenger and the player this week.

“Jack Wilshere will not play again this season and will not go to the European Championships, that is for sure,” Wenger said in comments on Arsenal’s website after last night’s 2-1 loss to Wigan. “His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress. We had a chat about that this week. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros.”

Wilshere, who last played for Arsenal in a July 31 exhibition match against the New York Red Bulls, had surgery to repair a stress fracture of his right ankle in September. The injury followed a breakthrough season in which he made 49 appearances for the Gunners and five for England.

The European Championship in Poland and Ukraine starts June 8, with England’s first game of the tournament scheduled three days later against France.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Baynes at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

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