By Declan Taylor

Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas have been passed fit to face Everton at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Spaniard broke his nose against Belgium on Wednesday and the Dutchman was struggling with a muscular problem but Arsène Wenger confirmed that both are available for selection against the Toffees.

Johan Djourou will miss the game after suffering concussion while playing for Switzerland last Saturday. Abou Diaby is available for the first time this season.

Despite a lengthy injury list, Wenger admitted that he may rest Theo Walcott after the winger played 79 minutes for England on Wednesday night.

“Fabregas and Van Persie will be available,” said the Frenchman at his pre-match press conference. “Walcott has come back available but I might rest him because he played on Wednesday night in Minsk. For everybody else there is no news.

“Djourou has concussion from the first game and we were a bit cautious when he came back but he is out, we do not want to take any chances. Gallas and Bendtner are the two players who got injured during the international break and are not available.

“We have one bit of good news though which is Diaby being back. I hope that the good news is that Gallas, Sagna and Bendtner are not long-term injuries, the only long term ones are Eduardo and Rosicky.”

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17 Oct 2008