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Published: 16:19 | 15/4/16

Wenger won't rush Wilshere

England midfielder played for Arsenal's U-21 side on Thursday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will not risk Jack Wilshere in Sunday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The England midfielder has stepped up his recovery programme from the broken leg he suffered last August, and played the full 90 minutes in Thursday's Under-21 3-1 defeat to Swansea City.

Wilshere is keen to impress national team boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the 23-man Euro 2016 finals squad announcement on 12 May, but Wenger says the 24-year-old must play in the Under-21 match against West Brom at Meadow Park on Monday and only then will he be considered for the Premier League game against the Baggies three days later.

"Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky played for the U21s yesterday but Wilshere needs one more game at least," the Frenchman said.

"I have no news today but we had no reports that anyone had any problems.

"He will play for the U21s on Monday night and I will have to see how he is compared to his competitors."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says Dwight Gayle will miss the Premier League games against Arsenal, and against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but could be fit for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley on 24 April.

The Eagles boss confirmed that Connor Wickham and Emmanuel Adebayor are fit for the game against Arsenal, but Wilfried Zaha is a doubt and James McArthur will only be considered for Wednesday's match against United.

"No, Dwight Gayle won't make this game. I don't actually think he'll make Man United, but a possibility for the semi-final, probably," he said.

"Zaha's struggling a little bit with his shoulder, so he's a little bit of a worry. Other than that we're all okay - Ade came through [Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Everton], Connor came through, Macca is training."

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