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England's Jack Wilshere could be Euro 2016 doubt as lay-off continues

Jack Wilshere
Image: Jack Wilshere has not played since he scored twice for England as they defeated Slovenia 3-2 in June

Jack Wilshere's England place at Euro 2016 could be in doubt as Arsene Wenger does not know when the injured Arsenal midfielder will return.

The 23-year-old has not played since he scored twice in England's 3-2 qualifying win over Slovenia in Ljubljana more than six months ago.

Wilshere has been sidelined after suffering a fractured fibula in pre-season with Arsenal, something which later required surgery in September.

At that point, the midfielder was told he would require a three-month recovery period but that has now passed with him still nowhere near ready to return.

Wenger concedes Wilshere will not be back until at least February and that date could be pushed back further given the Frenchman is not totally sure of when he will be available again.

Pushed on the timescale, Wenger said: "I said February but honestly I don't know. I let him do his recovery. It's going slowly.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Image: Arsene Wenger concedes he does not know when Wilshere will come back, as his recovery takes much longer than expected

"Once he goes again, goes outside to train, once he is back again into sharp, hard work physically, you count five or six weeks, so at the moment he is not there yet."

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Arsenal host Bournemouth on Monday and are looking to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat at Southampton on Saturday.

Wenger is confident the Premier League title challengers can respond positively to their heaviest domestic loss since a 6-0 reverse at Chelsea in March 2014.

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Image: Arsenal host Bournemouth on Monday as they look to respond to their 4-0 defeat at Southampton

He added: "I believe what I say to my players is between my players and myself. These players have fantastic spirit and they can show that in 48 hours.

"We are in a job where we have to respond. We want to respond from disappointments. Unfortunately, there's no possible career without disappointment.

"Nobody, not even the best players in the world, can have that. It's down to how you respond and I trust my players to respond in a very strong way on Monday."

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