By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger will assess the fitness of Cesc Fabregas before deciding whether the Arsenal captain will travel to the Club’s pre-season training camp in Germany later this week.

Fabregas missed the tour of Asia with a muscular problem and has yet to return to full training though his manager is hopeful the midfielder will be ready to join up with the rest of the squad when they fly to Cologne on Friday.

“We will have to see how far he is with his injury,” said Wenger. “Normally, yes [he will go].

“He is not back in full training. He is back running on the pitch and the next step is to be back in full training. I will have to assess him on Monday.”

Speculation linking Fabregas with a move back to Barcelona has failed to subside this summer but Wenger has again reiterated his desire to keep the 24-year-old at Arsenal.

“My target is the same - to keep the players and my desire to fight for that is the same. The problem is [that] we face speculation from everywhere.”

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18 Jul 2011