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Wilshere in Arsenal squad for Norwich

LONDON, England, October 18- Jack Wilshere has been included in the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s Premier League match against Norwich.

The midfielder has not featured in Arsene Wenger’s squad since May 2011 but his agent, Simon Bayliff, revealed on Twitter that he will make the trip to Carrow Road.

Whether he makes it onto the pitch remains to be seen, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying he had earmarked the Capital One Cup clash with Reading on 30 October for Wilshere’s return.

The 20-year-old has been stepping up his comeback from knee and ankle injuries of late, prompting England U21 coach Stuart Pearce to talk of his involvement in the 2013 European Championship.

But Wenger said: “I believe at the moment that is a bit premature. Let’s wait until Jack comes back. He has not played in the first team for 14 months.

“Jack works very hard, he is doing well, but let’s not go too far. Do you know what that is like, 14 months out of competition?

“There are two aspects. One is the apprehension to go into challenges when you have too many injuries, on that front we are at 100 per cent. We even have to calm him down. He goes for every challenge and has no apprehension.

“Then you have the physical front – he is okay there, then you have the match fitness which is 80 per cent.

“He needs one more game, maybe Monday night with the reserves, then he should be back.”

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Perhaps of more concern to Pearce will be Wenger’s belief that players should not be asked to play for the U21 side once they have made the step up to their respective national senior squads.

“I never believe that a player, once he has gone up to the top team, plays well with the U21s. It does not exist – I have not got one example,” he said.

“That is why I believe England has to make a decision – is Jack in the first team and not in the U21s?” –Sky Sports News

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