Cesc Fabregas says he will only play against Manchester United if he has fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

The captain has been troubled by the problem for some time and suffered recurrences against Sunderland and Braga this season. Fabregas would love to lead his side out at Old Trafford on Monday but he doesn’t want to risk further damage.

“I’d like to be fit for the Manchester United game but we’ll see,” Fabregas told the Official Matchday Programme. “I’ll only be there if my hamstring is completely fine, because I don’t want to go up there and see it recur.

“With regard to my comeback we’ll have to wait a little longer before we know anything.

“I’ve been outside running for a couple of days now and it feels good – the sensations are OK but I haven’t gone at 100 per cent yet. For now we keep working.”

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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