By Chris Harris

Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Polish goalkeeper has been sidelined since early January with a shoulder injury and he is about to undergo surgery to cure the problem.

"We had bad news for Lukasz Fabianski because he need surgery on his shoulder," confirmed Arsène Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"He has decided after having seen a few specialists that he will have surgery in Germany. It means his season is over."

Manuel Almunia has just returned from an injury lay-off but Wojciech Szczesny has established himself in the first team in the absence of the Spaniard and Fabianski.  Wenger confirmed that the younger Pole will start in goal at Newcastle.

"The competition for the places at the moment will be between Wojciech and Almunia. Wojciech will play the next game."

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