By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger has revealed mixed injury news ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup game with Manchester United - Robin van Persie is fit, Cesc Fabregas is not.
The Dutchman was a surprise inclusion in the squad that travelled to Barcelona on Monday and ended up playing 55 minutes at the Nou Camp the next day before his controversial sending off.
At his pre-match media briefing on Thursday, Wenger revealed Van Persie suffered no ill-effects of the knee injury he picked up in the act of scoring in the Carling Cup Final and will be available for the trip to Old Trafford.
But the manager admitted he will be without Fabregas for the Quarter-Final clash and said his captain could also miss next weekend’s Premier League game against West Brom.
“Van Persie will be available for Saturday,” said Wenger.
“[Fabregas], no. He had a recurrence of his hamstring problem and he will be out for the next game. Maybe for the next two games.
“He is, of course, very disappointed because it is becoming a little problem for him to [keep] having a recurrence of his hamstring. But it’s a very superficial one.”
Theo Walcott (ankle), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Alex Song (knee) remain out.Copyright 2014 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 10 Mar 2011