Wenger dismisses Fabregas rumours

02 April 2010 03:26
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists skipper Cesc Fabregas had not sustained his season-ending leg fracture before Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Barcelona.Reports have suggested Fabregas may have started the Champions League tie with a broken leg sustained in a heavy tackle against Birmingham on Saturday. [LNB]But Wenger insisted: "That is not true. We had two independent doctors clarify the bone was OK. [LNB]"It was a bruised bone, but not broken - I am 100% confident." [LNB]The Spain international midfielder picked up the injury when he won an 85th-minute penalty after colliding with Barca centre-back Carles Puyol.[LNB] He played with a broken leg. That is leadership tdowntheemirates Fabregas, 22, converted the penalty and then limped through to the final whistle. [LNB]A scan on Thursday uncovered the extent of the injury and revealed he will be out of action for at least six weeks. [LNB]Craig Gardner's tackle in Saturday's 1-1 draw against the Blues bruised the same area of Fabregas's right leg, but Wenger is certain that the crack in his fibula was sustained against Barcelona. [LNB]"There is no doubt about that. He already had a bruised bone before the game and the kick on it made it split," he said. [LNB]Wenger has already admitted that his gamble in restoring defender William Gallas to the starting line-up for Wednesday's match against the Champions League holders did backfire. [LNB]The French defender suffered a recurrence of the calf injury that had kept him out for action for six weeks prior to the game. [LNB]Wenger was incensed by Gardner's challenge in Saturday's 1-1 draw at St Andrew's, reminding reporters of Martin Taylor's tackle that broke Eduardo's leg at the same ground two years before. [LNB]But Gardner insists he made a genuine attempt to win the ball. [LNB]"I would never try to hurt anyone deliberately," he said. [LNB]"The referee was stood only two yards away and did not even give a free-kick."

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