Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/27/13
Arsène Wenger has admitted he remains "cautious" over Jack Wilshere's fitness and has suggested England consider leaving the youngster out for the World Cup qualifier against Moldova with one eye on the more daunting trip to Ukraine four days later. Wilshere will be named in Roy Hodgson's senior squad for the September fixtures when the party is confirmed on Tuesday and will start against Fenerbahce in the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League qualifying tie on Tuesday evening having been rested from the starting XI at Fulham on Saturday. The 21-year-old is still playing at "90%" according to Wenger after long-standing issues with his ankles: he missed 17 months of football with a problem in his right ankle before returning last autumn and the left joint flared up towards the end of the season. The midfielder underwent surgery to remove the pins on the original injury over the summer. Although he played a full part in pre-season he did not complete a 90-minute match before the new campaign and having played the first half for England against Scotland and in Arsenal's first two matches Wenger left him out from the start at Craven Cottage. "He was a bit tired but it was more about giving him a rest" said the Frenchman. "It made sense to give him a breather because we're playing every three days at the moment. He is not 100% yet but he is 90%. "It's an important year for every single player because if you have a good season you have a good chance of going to the World Cup but I'm a bit cautious because he's had a few operations. I don't want to make a mistake and overuse him because the ankle is the most important part of any football player. People think it's the knee. It's not; it's the ankle. All the movements come from the ankle. He's had surgery three times so we have to be cautious." Asked if he was concerned at the prospect of Wilshere playing against Moldova at Wembley and then in Kiev four days later Wenger added: "No. Because we have a good connection with the medical department. They know him well. Who are England's next two games? That's the key. So don't play him against Moldova... "I always take medical advice. If the ankle is not inflamed if he has no pain then we would not rest the player. If they say there is a little inflamed ankle we would say: 'OK let's not.' I would be a bit more cautious [with Wilshere] yes until we feel he is completely free from any risk. If he gets well through the Fenerbahce game he will play on Sunday [against Tottenham Hotspur] because there are five days between."
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