Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas Expected to Play Against Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas Expected to Play Against Barca

The Gunners hold a slender 2-1 lead after the first leg at the Emirates, after coming from a goal down to win.

Fabregas hopes to be cleared to play tomorrow after having tests on his problem hamstring as the rest of the team had a light training session following Saturday’s goalless draw with Sunderland.

Arsenal leaves for Barcelona this afternoon confident that they can not only reach the Champions League Quarter-Finals by defeating Barcelona again, but also win the tournament.

Cesc Fabregas is expected to pass a final fitness test on Monday morning and join his team on the pitch in Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Wenger commented about Fabregas’ fitness at his Monday morning briefing, “It is 90 per cent he will travel and be fit. It is vital for us because he is important in the transition between attacking and defending. He is also the leader of the team so we want him there.”

The Spaniard Cesc Fabregas has always been a fan of Barcelona and was rumored to be joining the squad some months back.

Arsenal’s Current Injuries

Name – Injury – Last Game

  • Cesc Fabregas Hamstring Stoke City (H) 23-02-2011
  • Alex Song Knee Birmingham City (N) 27-02-2011
  • Robin van Persie Knee Birmingham City (N) 27-02-2011
  • Theo Walcott Ankle Stoke City (H) 23-02-2011
CESC FABREGAS - Cesc is expected to pass a final fitness test on Monday morning and board the plane bound for Barcelona later the same day. The Arsenal captain has been out with a hamstring injury since the 1-0 win over Stoke 13 days ago. Speaking before training on Monday, Wenger confirmed that Fabregas would be fit for the Champions League Knockout Round second leg if, as expected, he comes through a late examination. “Fabregas will have a final test today,” said Wenger at his Monday morning briefing. “It is 90 per cent he will travel and be fit. It is vital for us because he is important in the transition between attacking and defending. He is also the leader of the team so we want him there.” Last Game: Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City – February 23, 2011

ALEX SONG - Alex has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against Barcelona. “Alex Song  is completely out. He had a test on Sunday morning and it was negative,” said Arsene Wenger at his Monday morning briefing. Last Game: Birmingham City 2-1 Arsenal – February 27, 2011 

ROBIN VAN PERSIE - Arsène Wenger hopes Robin will be fit to face Blackburn when the international break ends in four weeks’ time. He suffered ligament damage in the process of scoring Arsenal’s first-half equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Birmingham last Sunday and soldiered on for half-an-hour before being substituted with 22 minutes left. Earlier this week Wenger told Arsenal TV Online that the Dutch forward would be sidelined for “a minimum of three weeks”. Speaking after the 5-0 win over Leyton Orient, the manager elaborated on the cause of the injury and Robin’s expected recovery time. “I am not a specialist but he overstretched his knee at the back when he made the volley [to score on Sunday],” said Wenger. “He got kicked or blocked by the defender and overstretched when he hit the ball. In fact we lost Van Persie after 30 minutes, we tried to keep him going in the second half but he was injured. It is a ligament at the back of the knee, a tear in the ligament. It is three to four weeks, I take the short delay because I am an optimist but it could be four. As well it is the international break during that period so whether it is three or four [weeks], for us it is the same. We have two weeks to play now and then there is a two-week break because of international games. We have to hope it is only four; he cannot play before the international break, that is for sure. Let’s hope he can play after the international break. I listen to what the medical people say to me and you never know, he can have a setback. You can never guarantee.” Last Game: Birmingham City 2-1 Arsenal – February 27, 2011

THEO WALCOTT - Theo has been already ruled out of the Champions League Knockout Round second leg tie at the Nou Camp and is still a fortnight away. “He is out,” said Arsene Wenger. “We said from the day he got the injury against Stoke you could count three weeks.” Last Game: Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City – February 23, 2011                 

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