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Arsenal’s medical staff do not expect Jack Wilshere to play for the club this season, Football Insider sources understand.
The midfielder is still suffering discomfort in his left leg as he works his way back from the shin injury that has kept him out for the entire season.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that Wilshere has been advised by the club’s medical team to undergo a spell of rest and curtail his comeback bid.
This throws into doubt whether he will play for the Gunners at any point this season, as well as his participation in Euro 2016.
It is yet another shattering blow for the injury-plagued midfielder, who had been hopeful of being involved in the final weeks of the domestic season before heading to the European Championships with the England team.
Those plans are now on hold as the likelihood grows that Wilshere will not play for either club or country this season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been hopeful that the 24-year-old would be available for selection in the final weeks of the season.
Speaking last week, Wenger said: “Wilshere is showing good signs now of recovery. But I don’t think Cazorla or Wilshere will be straight after the international break.”
The midfielder underwent surgery in September on his fractured left fibula after suffering a training ground injury on the eve of the Community Shield win over Chelsea last August.
Arsenal had initially pencilled Wilshere in for a three-month spell on the sidelines but he has suffered a series of setbacks as Wenger and his staff kept postponing his comeback.
It is increasingly unlikely that the midfielder will now have the time to build up his fitness to the point where he will be selected for this summer’s European Championships.
Manager Roy Hodgson is a huge admirer of the versatile midfielder but has said he will not select players who are unable to prove their fitness in matches before the tournament.
In other Arsenal injury news, Arsene Wenger is hopeful Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey will return after the international break.