Cesc Fabregas is a “possible” for the game at Barcelona on Tuesday.
The Arsenal captain has been nursing a hamstring problem since hobbling off in the early stages of the 1-0 win over Stoke last Wednesday. The Spaniard missed the Carling Cup defeat to Birmingham on Sunday and will also sit out the FA Cup tie with Leyton Orient and the Premier League game against Sunderland at the weekend. But he could be back for the return with Barcelona.
“Cesc is looking possible [for that game],”” Arsène Wenger told TV Online on Tuesday. “He is making quick and good progress. It is possible.”
That Stoke game also cost Arsenal the services of Theo Walcott. The winger 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 Wenger. “We said from the day he got the injury against Stoke you could count three weeks.”
Meanwhile, the manager has stressed that Fabregas knew he was out of the Carling Cup Final after undergoing a scan the afternoon after the Stoke match and before Arsenal.com ran the story that he would miss the game.
“Cesc didn’t find out from the website,” said Wenger. “Cesc knew what was wrong on the scan, because the medical team followed their usual procedure by contacting the player during the afternoon. He was disappointed and just wanted to play despite that.
“In fact, what happened is that I got the result from the scan on my text and I had the interview with the website afterwards and I told you the truth. There was no problem, Cesc knew before me what was wrong on the scan.”