By Richard Clarke

Sol Campbell is likely to miss the next two games after undergoing surgery on his broken nose.

The Arsenal centre back suffered the injury at Portsmouth on Wednesday, his comeback game after over two months out. He will sit out the crucial games with West Brom and Villarreal but might be back to face his old team Tottenham next weekend. Francesc Fabregas faces a similar absence because of a foot injury but Thierry Henry will start against Bryan Robson's side at Highbury on Saturday.

"Sol Campbell is injured because of Wednesday's comeback," said Wenger. "He has a broken nose and had surgery on Thursday night. He will be out for the West Brom game of course and has a minor chance to be available for Wednesday, but should be available for next Saturday.

"He was very disappointed because he came back and was sharp. I felt he was ready physically so to get injured again is of course disappointing for him. But it's a minor problem."

Fabregas hurt his foot against Juve and was forced off early in the next game at Manchester United. Unfortunately at this busy time of the season, the only answer is rest.

"There is a little chance for him for Wednesday," said Wenger. "It is a worry that is why we decided to clear the problem out completely."

Meanwhile Ashley Cole's return could be at Sunderland on May 1.

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Richard Clarke 14 Apr 2006