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Wenger: Agger not at fault for Wilshere injury.

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger maintains no one is to blame for the "accident" which left midfielder Jack Wilshere sidelined for the best part of two months with a fractured foot.

The 22-year-old faces at least six weeks of rehabilitation and a further two before being up to full match-fitness, after tests showed he had sustained a hairline fracture in his left foot.

The damage followed a hefty tackle from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger early in England's friendly against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Arsene Wilshere played on following treatment until he was replaced on the hour and when speaking to reporters afterwards maintained it was "just a bruise" having been initially assessed by FA medical staff.

Arsenal confirmed the full diagnosis following consultations with an independent radiologist.

Should all go to plan, then Wilshere could be back in time for the final two Premier League matches - and possibly an FA Cup final date if the Gunners progress, with Everton standing in their way in today's quarter-final.

England manager Roy Hodgson, who is set to name a provisional 30-man World Cup squad on May 13, has already expressed his sympathy for both player and club.

Wenger said yesterday: "I had no agreement (with Hodgson over Wilshere's game time), no. It is an accident on a good ankle.

"I think the tackle was strong, but I think he (Agger) wanted to go for the ball."

Wenger " Next week the Gunners are in Germany for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie away against Bayern Munich, trailing 2-0, before returning to the north London derby at Tottenham on March 16.

Wenger maintains the tough schedule will not impact on his team selection today, saying: "It is the quarter-final. We want to qualify and to win, that is the best way for us to prepare for the other games."

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is treated (right) following a challenge from Daniel Agger in England's win over Denmark on Wednesday (above); the midfielder played on but tests later found he had sustained a hairline fracture in his left foot which will keep him out of action for around eight weeks
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