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Gunners upbeat over Fabregas
09 Apr 2010 - 08:27:13
Injured Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will 'comfortably' make the World Cup, according to club physio Colin Lewin.
Fabregas suffered a hairline crack of his right fibula during the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona last week.
The initial injury estimate put his recovery at up to eight weeks which made him a doubt for Spain's World Cup campaign.
However, Lewis is confident that the 22-year-old midfielder will return in time for the summer tournament despite confirming his domestic season is all but certainly over.
"Cesc is doing well," he told the club's official website. "He is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a hairline crack of his fibula.
"If everything goes well he will comfortably make the World Cup and we will be constantly monitoring him."
Meanwhile, Lewin has dismissed suggestion that Fabregas had actually suffered the leg break before the first leg of the Barcelona game.
Some reports had suggested the Gunners skipper, who was a doubt for the game after taking a knock against Birmingham the previous weekend, may have been carrying the injury in the build-up to facing his former club.
Lewin added: "The injury was certainly as a result of the tackle by Carles Puyol at the end of the Barcelona game.
"There were some ill-informed media reports that the fracture was sustained before the Barcelona game and those reports, put simply, were untrue.
"He suffered heavy bruising in the Birmingham City game but to suggest that someone can run around for 85 minutes against Barcelona with a fractured fibula is just farcical.
"We examined Cesc after the Birmingham game and he had suffered heavy bruising. The x-rays confirmed that there was no fracture. At the end of the Barcelona match, following the challenge from Puyol, Cesc had an x-ray to determine the damage.
"It showed a hairline crack, which unfortunately means Cesc will miss the rest of the season."
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