Cesc Fabregas in race to face Barcelona as injured Arsenal skipper sits out training

30 March 2010 07:46
Cesc Fabregas missed training with Arsenal today and boss Arsene Wenger admits his captain is a major doubt to face Barcelona tomorrow.

The midfielder suffered severe bruising to his right knee and leg duringSaturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham and is running out of time to provehis fitness before the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Concern: Fabregas injured his right knee at Birmingham

Wenger confirmed: 'He did not train this morning and at moment he isnot fit to play. We will give him 24 hours more, but I don't know if hewill be available.

'If the game were today, he would not play. If he is not capable to play, I would not take a gamble and put him on the bench.'

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Fabregas is desperate to play against the team with whom he spent sixyears before joining the north London club

Although the Spain international might not be available, centre back William Gallashas returned to training after missing eight games with a calf problemand will be in the squad.

Wenger has been short on defensive options, with Kieran Gibbs andJohann Djourou also out. The absences have led to Sol Campbell becominga regular since his surprise return to the club in the winter.

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Thomas Vermaelen should partner Campbell in the centre of defence against Barcelona after the Belgian served a one-match ban.

Abou Diaby also picked up a slight knock in the Birminghammatch. Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin, are struggling withgroin and knee problems respectively, but both were able to train at London Colney.

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Source: Daily_Mail