Wenger: Arsenal rehabilitation key for Wilshere, not Olympics

The 62-year-old is reluctant to put a timescale on the young midfielder's return to fitness, after speculation that he could be included in the Great Britian squad

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not rush Jack Wilshere back from injury, with the England international having missed the entire season after undergoing ankle surgery last September.

The 20-year-old is set to miss out on Euro 2012, but Stuart Pearce has suggested that he could be included in Great Britian’s Olympic squad later on in the summer.

However, Wenger has stressed that the youngster's rehabilitation is his main priority, and he will not be rushed back too soon.

"He makes slow progress and at the moment is still in our rehab centre," Wenger told the club’s official website.

"We take time, we are patient with him. He makes progress, but slow progress.

"His focus is to get back on the football pitch and play, there is not one specific target like the Olympics or the European Championships, although he is out of that.

Wenger is wary of disappointing the midfielder though, who only has one full season of first-team football under his belt.

"I am cautious with him," he added. "Imagine you are 20-years-old and you play in the national team. You prepare and suddenly, nothing at all.

"You get the first knock, the second knock, you think ‘OK, at least I will be ready for the Euro.’ Then you have to convince him, ‘look my friend, it will not work for the Euros.’

For the moment, the Frenchman is only focusing on getting Wilshere ready for the new season, and hopes to see him on the pitch when training resumes in July.

"I do not want to set the Olympics as a target [for him] because I do not know whether he will be fit to start at the beginning of the season," he added "It is just our target to get him to improve.

"When we start on July 9, if he can join in then we have won the battle, but that is not guaranteed."

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