By Richard Clarke
Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of the Champions League Knockout Round second leg tie against Porto on Tuesday night.
The Arsenal captain suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury against Burnley on Saturday. Fabregas fired the home side in front in the 34th minute then hobbled off five minutes later. Afterwards Arsène Wenger had said he would be happy to risk the 22-year-old if the odds were in his favour. At Monday’s pre-match press conference, he confirmed that they were not.
"Cesc is ruled out for tomorrow's game,” said the manager. “He has a hamstring problem and we could not even take a gamble with him.
"I was hoping [he would recover] after the game because we were cautious with him. He was not adamant about coming out of the team but still he has damaged his hamstring and we cannot take a gamble on him.
“However we have gained Sol Campbell back in the squad and Alex Song too, who was suspended against Burnley.”
Wenger added that William Gallas is still out with a calf problem. “And,” he added, “he has no chance for the Hull game as well."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 8 Mar 2010